New stretchers scooped up by Motorsport Medical Services

sensational scoop: Manx Grand Prix Supporters' Club chairman, Bob Taylor, middle, and vice chairman, Wally Kneale, left, present one of the new scoop stretchers to Dr David Stevens

sensational scoop: Manx Grand Prix Supporters' Club chairman, Bob Taylor, middle, and vice chairman, Wally Kneale, left, present one of the new scoop stretchers to Dr David Stevens

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A MEDICAL organisation which supports motorsport events around the island has received a donation of almost £5,000 for new equipment.

Motorsport Medical Services provides medical equipment at points around the TT and Manx Grand Prix course as well as for races at Jurby, rallies, stock car racing and road meetings on the Billown course.

The donation is courtesy of the Manx Grand Prix Supporters’ Club, which also regularly raises money towards the cost of the rescue helicopter used during the racing.

It will be used to buy 10 new scoop stretchers at a total cost of £4,945 – almost £500 apiece. The stretchers are specialist equipment which split down the middle allowing a casualty to be placed in position with minimal movement.

Dr David Stevens, medical director for Isle of Man Motorsport Medical Services said: ‘We are very grateful to the MGPSC for this marvellous support.

‘We have about 120 scoops around the TT course. The MGPSC had purchased quite a few for us in the late 1980s but as these are all now over 20 years old they are well past their expiry date!

‘Believe it or not, our scoop stretchers are supposed to be replaced every 10 years. This is an agreed extension to the Lifespan Policy from their normal period of five to seven years.’

He added the Rob Vine Fund charity had bought another 15 new stretchers at the end of 2011.

‘So in the end, we were able to send over 30 life-expired scoops and loads of other out-of-date medical equipment to Romania, via the local fire and rescue services project,’ he said.

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