Mercia Accident Rescue Service
Mercia Accident Rescue Service is a charity offering immediate care to people who find themselves critically ill and injured. Working across Herefordshire and Worcestershire, its run by volunteers who are all experienced doctors or advanced nurse practitioners.
Robert Young from Worcester is extremely grateful for the existence of MARS. He was working in Redditch and was travelling home when he was involved in a horrendous car crash. Dr Malcolm Russell, an emergency medicine specialist from MARS was also on his way home when he received the call from the ambulance service to help. As the closest immediate care doctor, he arrived at the scene to find Robert with critical injuries including a punctured lung, broken pelvis and severe head injury. Following Dr Russell’s care, Robert was transferred to Birmingham, where he was placed in an induced coma for several weeks. He has now made a full recovery.
Founded in 1983, MARS volunteers come from a range of specialities such as emergency medicine, general practice, cardiothoracic surgery and anaesthetics. As a member of this charity, they donate their spare time to saving the lives of others. The services provided by MARS support the local Air Ambulances and WMAS MERIT with ground-based response and critical interventions.
MARS receives no central or government funds and is entirely reliant on income from educational events and donations from members of the public or healthcare professionals. Donations are used to support the core activities of MARS in terms of the provision of pre-hospital emergency care to members of the public in both Herefordshire and Worcestershire.