Saving Lives with Lifestar Medical
Just a few hours before the Greens’ 3-1 Sky Bet League One victory over Portsmouth at Home Park, the Pilgrims’ medical team were undergoing training to preserve a far bigger prize than three points.
The club’s physios and medical support team ran through some critical illness and injury scenarios with Lifestar Medical on the Home Park pitch, ensuring that anyone involved in a serious on-pitch incident, or experiencing sudden onset of critical illness, receives nothing but the best care.
Lifestar Medical, based in Cornwall, is contracted to provide over a dozen trained personnel at each Argyle home fixture, including paramedics in situ to transport patients to hospital in the event of an emergency, qualified doctors, and a team of medics situated in a medical room on the corner of the Devonport End and Portcullis Legals Lyndhurst Road Stand. These medics are responsible not only for providing first response care to players, but supporters in the stands, too.
We have already witnessed the importance of prompt medical care once this season, when Wycombe Wanderers forward Tjay De Barr suffered an acute incident at the end of Argyle’s 1-0 victory over the Chairboys, and the club takes its responsibility for wellbeing of everyone at Home Park very seriously.
The club’s Health & Safety, Operations and Projects Manager, Bill Blower, explains: “The work that Lifestar Medical does with the club is essential – it ensures that we can host fixtures and events at Home Park knowing that there is nothing short of the best possible care for everyone at the stadium.
“Having their expertise on hand gives us real peace of mind going into each event on site, and their training with the first team medical staff prior to the Portsmouth fixture was extremely valuable in terms of our preparation for any potential incidents that may occur in the future.”
Adam Roberts, Clinical Director at Lifestar Medical, said: "It is our pleasure to be able to support Plymouth Argyle with medical provision and work as part of their fantastic team.
"Our staff and the trauma doctors from University Hospitals Plymouth are always training and improving our skills to provide the best care possible. Scenario training within the grounds is the best way for us to do this and ensure we can provide the best support possible.”