Suffolk Accident Rescue Service

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Suffolk Accident Rescue Service
Formation1 May 1972
Legal statusRegistered Charity No. 1168764
Region served
Suffolk and adjoining areas

The Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS) is a registered charity[1] supported by donations,[2][3] which assists the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust in providing medical care at the scene of accidents[4] and emergencies in Suffolk and surrounding counties. The organisation relies on volunteer medical professionals and Allied Health Professionals to provide this service on an entirely voluntary basis. The headquarters are in Woolpit. It is an affiliated member of the British Association for Immediate Care.[citation needed]

Purpose of the organisation[edit]

SARS was established in 1972 as a group of doctors willing to give up their spare time to assist at the scene of trauma and medical emergencies. In 2011, SARS opened its membership to paramedics and other health professionals.[citation needed]

The service continues to train and equip participating members. By 2017 the charity had answered around 17,000 calls - an average of more than 1 call each day over the previous 45 years. All SARS members are volunteers who receive no payment or expenses for responding to emergency calls and the work is undertaken without any charge to the patient, ambulance service, UK tax-payer or National Lottery funding.[citation needed]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • In 2023 paramedic Steve Murrow was nominated for East of England Ambulance Service Volunteer of the Year award.[5]

Pre-hospital Care Network in the East of England[edit]

This charity is one of many Pre-hospital care providers in the East, which has an established trauma network – the first to be fully operational in the UK[citation needed].

Other Pre-hospital care providers that they work and train alongside are:

The East of England teams commonly end up working alongside crews from Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, London's Air Ambulance and The Air Ambulance Service, along with other BASICS charities.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Suffolk Accident Rescue Service Entry". UK Charity Commission. Retrieved 21 February 2009.
  2. ^ "Emergency medics hit the road in £40,000 new vehicle". East Anglian Daily Times. 3 August 2020. Retrieved 27 September 2023.
  3. ^ "'A fabulous day': Bury Abbey Rotary present £5800 cheque to SARS". Suffolk News. 31 July 2023. Retrieved 27 September 2023.
  4. ^ "Man dies following collision near Chevington | Suffolk Constabulary". 19 January 2023. Retrieved 27 September 2023.
  5. ^ "'I'm very proud of what I do': Paramedic nominated for prestigious award". Suffolk News. 18 May 2023. Retrieved 27 September 2023.

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