Life-saving skills for the motorcycle community
Following a chance meeting, the Dorset Doctor Bike project took shape in the form of a two-man team working to bring life-saving skills to the Dorset motorcycle community. PC Chris Smith, from Dorset Police BikeSafe, and Dr Ian Mew, an Intensive Care and Air Ambulance Doctor working across Dorset, started the project with the delivery of life saving skills to local riders through Biker Down courses (an interactive trauma aid skills session) at BikeSafe events across Dorset. Not happy to just to teach these skills to riders of all ages and experience levels, Dr Ian wanted to take them to the roadside and so Dorset Doc Bike was born.
UK's first 'Doctor' bike
Through Dorset Police, PC Chris Smith was able to source a BMW Police Spec Motorcycle (R1200RTP) which was re-badged as the UK’s first road-going ‘Doctor’ bike. In summer of 2015 the DocBike made its first outing attending the National BikeSafe event at Castle Combe Race Circuit, which attracted a great deal of interest being the first of its kind in the UK.
Two years on, the project has grown from strength to strength, winning National Awards and exceeding capacity. The work is evidence based. Research forms the heart of the project, identifying exactly who is at risk, when and under what circumstances. Understanding this has been key in delivering our injury prevention strategy.
Whilst bikers account for just 1% of road users, they account for 25% of serious injuries.
Motorcycle riders are 25 times more likely to be seriously hurt on the roads than car drivers.
The first 60 minutes after a severe motorcycle related trauma is known as the ‘golden hour’.
Speed and equipment are key in saving lives
When trauma Doctors are able to deliver their skills to the patient at the scene of an accident, the outlook for both surviving their injuries and making a speedier recovery greatly improves. Whether it be flying on the Air Ambulance or riding the DocBike, speed and equipment are key in saving lives. The DocBike brings these key aspects together as the first active two wheeled road going life-saving Doctor Bike in the UK. At bike meets and events, it plays a key role in engaging with riders, delivering key road safety messages, bringing bikers of all kinds into post-test training.