TACTICS Doctor at Serious Motorcycle accident A38 Chudleigh
At 1250 on 20 May, a 51 year old motorcyclist collided with a camper van on the A38 westbound near Chudleigh. The camper van failed to stop, unfortunately the motorcyclist was left with serious injuries. Dr Simon Scott-Hayward a voluntary BASICS doctor with the TACTICS scheme was mobilised from home, where he was working in the garden. He was first on scene. With the assistance of an off duty nurse and a medic from the Royal Marines he was able to start life saving treatment while they waited for other emergency service vehicles to arrive. Dr Scott-Hayward was able to administer specialist pain relieving medication enabling the ambulance team to deal with the patient's multiple injuries and package him for transfer to hospital. Due to the seriousness of his injuries the Devon Air Ambulance attended, both carriage ways of the A38 were shut to enable the helicopter to land. The patient was flown to the regional Trauma Centre in Plymouth where he remains on the intensive care unit. BASICS would like to pass on their thanks to the members of the public for there invaluable assistance at the scene of this accident.