Motorcycle CRASH Card Scheme launched in Gwynedd
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Motorcycle CRASH Card Scheme launched in Gwynedd

Carwyn Rees Hughes with the CRASH Card
Motorcyclists in Gwynedd are being urged to carry cards which contain potentially life-saving information in the event of an incident.

Gwynedd Council’s Road Safety team has been working in partnership with other road safety professionals who make up Road Safety Wales, and the scheme has the backing of the Wales NHS Ambulance Trust.

The cards were created by the national Ambulance Motorcycle Club (AMC), who was awarded a Federation Internationale de Motorcyclisme Road Safety Award for the scheme in 2012.

One side of the card has the mnemonic CRASH, which follows a similar set of questions used by ambulance service control centres. The other side includes space to record information which could be vital to the attending paramedic and there is also space to list the name and contact telephone number of a next of kin.

Dr Paul Hughes, Welsh Ambulance Service Medical Director said;

“Such a simple thing as carrying the CRASH card could well enable us as a service to make more informed decisions regarding the treatment needed to a motorcycle collision or incident.

“The CRASH cards will provide our staff with vital clinical information to improve the care we can provide for motorcyclists across Wales. It’s important to remember that removing a motorcyclist’s helmet after an accident is a specialist task which should only be performed by ambulance crews or other trained personnel.”

Councillor Gareth Roberts, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for road safety said:

“It’s very important that we do everything possible to ensure people involved in an accident receive the best care possible. By carrying vital information on the CRASH cards, motorcyclists will save valuable time in the unfortunate case of an accident.”

Carwyn Rees Hughes, an experienced motorcyclist from Caernarfon recently decided to use the CRASH Card Scheme. He said:

“I think the CRASH Card Scheme is a great idea, if I am ever involved in a collision the Paramedics will have access to all my medical details by searching for the CRASH Card in the lining of my helmet, hopefully my card will never be used.”

CRASH cards are available, free of charge from local motorcycle outlets in Gwynedd, including Dragon Motorcycles Y Felinheli, Bill Smith’s Motors Bangor and Eric Jones’ Café Tremadog.

Alternatively, to request a pack, and for more information visit www.ambulancemotorcycleclub.co.uk, or call Gwynedd Council’s Road Safety on 01286 679901 or visit www.ambulancemotorcycleclub.co.uk.