SARS doctor gets defibrillator

MORE lives will be saved on Suffolk's roads thanks to the generous donation of life saving equipment to a volunteer doctor in Felixstowe.Karol Silovsky, who works for Suffolk Accident Rescue Service, (SARS), attends medical emergencies and is on call 24 hours a day to work alongside paramedics.

By Georgina James

MORE lives will be saved on Suffolk's roads thanks to the generous donation of life saving equipment to a volunteer doctor in Felixstowe.

Karol Silovsky, who works for Suffolk Accident Rescue Service, (SARS), attends medical emergencies and is on call 24 hours a day to work alongside paramedics.

The defibrillator which cost about £4,000 will be a great benefit to Dr Silovsky and will be used in future emergencies to treat heart attack victims in the Felixstowe area.

The Felixstowe and district branch of the British Heart Foundation teamed up with the Evening Star and split the cost of the defibrillator.

Alan Ithell, secretary for the Felixstowe and district branch presented the defibrillator to Dr Silovsky.

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He said: "Although the BHF is a research charity and looks at the causes and possible causes of cancer, it also provides important lifesaving equipment and fully supports the work of the SARS doctors."

Dr Silovsky, who works at the Haven Surgery on Grange Farm Avenue, is one of only two SARS doctors covering the Felixstowe area.

Through their efforts, SARS doctors from across Suffolk have saved hundreds of lives and have helped treat many people injured in serious road accidents.

Dr Silovsky said: "All SARS doctors are volunteers who give up their time and are available and called upon by the ambulance service to assist in the event where more expertise or additional skills are needed.

"Because of the rural nature of our county, the doctor is sometimes the first person to arrive on the scene, and having this vital piece of equipment with me will be a huge bonus."

Last year the Evening Star launched an appeal to support SARS by buying vital but expensive hi tech items such as cardiac defibrillators. The campaign was a huge success and £28,000 was raised.