Jargon buster: BASICS Scotland

What is it?

The British Association of Intermediate Care in Scotland, BASICS Scotland, provides immediate care or skilled medical attention in the pre-hospital setting. This involves attending any medical emergencies as part of a coordinated response with other emergency services — primarily the Scottish Ambulance Service.

What other services does it provide?

A newly launched scheme will allow GPs in rural Scotland help with treating people in accidents and emergencies. The agreement is between 30 Highland practices and the Scottish Ambulance service.

How does this work?

GP taking part in the scheme will have their cars fitted with satellite tracking devices, allowing the ambulance service to direct the medic to the nearest emergency scene.

Is there any training involved?

GPs will have to undergo specialist training courses with BASICS.

Where can I find out more?

Visit www.basics-scotland.org.uk

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