Penrith BEEP Doctors: Cumbria's Volunteer Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Doctors
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Your support helps to save lives in our local community. Text BEEP to 70085 to donate £2 or BEEP to 70450 to donate £10

As part of our milestone 30th celebrations, the Beep Doctors invite you to join us in a unique and exciting endeavour. Throughout the months of May and June, we’re launching our Pedal for Life campaign, aiming to inspire as many people as possible to hop on their bikes. From leisurely rides to challenging expeditions, we hope it’s something that everyone can enjoy.

One of the highlights during the campaign will be our fourth annual Beep Doctors Charity Cycle Ride around the perimeter of Cumbria, covering 260 miles. Chairman Dr Theo Weston, MBE, will take on this challenge along with five supporters. Highlight number two, our very own Dr Chris Moss will be cycling from Cumbria to Croatia – WOW!

To support us in this initiative and raise awareness we would love to see your cycling photos, whether it’s a solo trip in the mountains, a group of friends enjoying a day out or with the kids in the park, please tag us in pictures on social media @beepdoctors or send your images to us at info@beepdoctors.co.uk for us to share #pedalforlife

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Beep Doctors (BASICs) Cumbria bring emergency medical care to the patient, on the roadside at the scene of a road traffic accident or in your home during a life-threatening emergency.

Our team of dedicated volunteer doctors have a variety of skill levels and are on call 24 hours 7 days a week to provide extra clinical care and interventions in medical emergencies outwith the scope of practice of normal paramedics. Beep Doctors attend hundreds of emergency callouts every year across Cumbria, from as far north as Longtown, to Egremont in the west, Millom in the south and up to Nenthead in the east.

With your continued support, we will strive to expand our reach, enhance our capabilities, and save even more lives. Together, we can ensure that the Beep Doctors Charity remains a vital lifesaving resource for generations to come. In this, our 30th year, the BEEP Doctors would like to thank each and every one of you that has supported the charity over the last three decades. Read more here.


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Callouts 317

Callouts in 2023

RTC 1019

Number of volunteer hours in 2023

Medical Callouts 335

Number of Casualties in 2023

Casualties 136

Number of call outs so far in 2024

Volunteer Hours 464

Number of volunteer hours so far in 2024

For three decades, the Beep Doctors Charity has been a beacon of hope and support for the people of Cumbria. Founded in April 1994 by Dr Theo Weston, our organisation has transformed from a modest operation centred around Penrith into a vital, Cumbria-wide service. Today, we proudly have 13 volunteer doctors, operating across the region with three emergency responder vehicles, soon to be joined by a fourth. As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, we reflect on the hundreds of lives saved and the countless communities impacted by our steadfast commitment to emergency medical care.

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Providing care and intervention previously only available once patient reaches hospital

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Not funded by the NHS, BEEP Doctors (BASICs) Cumbria is run by volunteers and an unpaid team of BEEP Doctors

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By donating or volunteering, your support helps to save lives in our local community

Why do we need BEEP Doctors?

Paramedics are very well trained and able to deal with the vast majority of emergencies that they are called to. Originally based in Penrith, the BEEP Doctors have specialist training in enhanced pre-hospital emergency care and provide an extra level of medical intervention not normally available until the patient reaches hospital.

Our Doctors have a range of skill levels and are able to support the crews of land and air ambulance services with skills that give patients a better fighting chance when a serious accident happens. This stabilises the patient much sooner than would otherwise be the case and therefore improves their chances of a better long-term outcome.

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Serving the people of Cumbria

Our team of twelve volunteer doctors now cover the whole of Cumbria from Whitehaven in the west, up to the Scottish Borders and down to Kendal in the south. The BEEP Doctors are part of a nationwide network of pre hospital care charities.

Our BASICs trained doctors attend most major incidents in the county, including road traffic collisions, farming accidents or other life-threatening medical emergencies. The doctors are the backbone of the local charity that brings emergency pre hospital pre hospital expertise to you in your time of need! Over the years, the team have saved numerous lives and have become an integral part of the emergency services.

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The BEEP Doctors are honoured to have received the prestigious King's Award for Voluntary Service; the highest award given to volunteer groups and equivalent to an MBE. The whole team extend our sincere gratitude to everyone who has, and continues to support our charity.

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Join Beep in Pedal for Life: Celebrating 30 Years of Saving Lives in the Community!

As part of our milestone 30th celebrations, the Beep Doctors invite you to join us in a unique and exciting endeavour. Whilst we all adore a slice of birthday cake, we wanted to celebrate our three decades of service by sharing the joy of cycling with you and our local community. Throughout the months of… Read more »

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Celebrating 30 years of Saving Lives: The Beep Doctors Charity

For three decades, the Beep Doctors Charity has been a beacon of hope and support for the people of Cumbria. Founded in April 1994 by Dr Theo Weston, our organisation has transformed from a modest operation centred around Penrith into a vital, Cumbria-wide service. Today, we proudly have 13 volunteer doctors, operating across the region… Read more »