Monday, May 29, 2023

Junior doctors swap hospitals for helicopter in Air Ambulance Taster Day

On 18 May, Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance (LNAA) hosted another successful taster day where doctors and paramedics showcased the multifaceted aspects of pre-hospital emergency medicine (PHEM) to trainee doctors.

PHEM is a rapidly expanding and evolving medical sub-speciality, and yet it is rarely included in medical school or foundation curricula, making it hard for junior doctors and medical students to identify it as a career option.

LNAA organized this special taster day as a way for trainee doctors to gain an insight as to the role of a doctor working within the Air Ambulance environment.

Shayda Karimi, a doctor with LNAA put the special day together and is delighted with the enthusiasm shown by the delegates. She said: “We showcased a typical shift as a PHEM/HEMS doctor, explaining the relationship between the ambulance service paramedics and colleagues from other emergency services. We also explained the importance of teamwork when working in a stressful environment with critically ill patients.”

The simulations that illustrated how difficult it is for pre-hospital teams to treat patients at the scene of an incident showed the stark difference to treating patients in hospitals. The tour of the helicopter allowed everyone to see how much equipment can be carried on each mission, and conversations with the pilots, doctors, and paramedics gave a very real account of the rich rewards if they decided to follow a career as a HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) doctor.

Cat Anderson, a year 2 foundation doctor due to start a training post in the Emergency Department at Peterborough City Hospital next year, believes the day has strengthened her desire to follow a career in pre-hospital emergency medicine. She said: “The difference between working in a hospital and working for an Air Ambulance was continually highlighted throughout the day. I enjoy being challenged and this role will certainly do that.

“It is about coming to patients in their homes and communities, working in any type of situation using ground-breaking technology alongside the rest of your team. That is why I want to be a PHEM doctor.”

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our news site - please take a moment to read this important message:

As you know, our aim is to bring you, the reader, an editorially led news site and magazine but journalism costs money and we rely on advertising, print and digital revenues to help to support them.

With the Covid-19 pandemic having a major impact on our industry as a whole, the advertising revenues we normally receive, which helps us cover the cost of our journalists and this website, have been drastically affected.

As such we need your help. If you can support our news sites/magazines with either a small donation of even £1, or a subscription to our magazine, which costs just £27.55 per year, (inc p&P and mailed direct to your door) your generosity will help us weather the storm and continue in our quest to deliver quality journalism.

As a subscriber, you will have unlimited access to our web site and magazine. You'll also be offered VIP invitations to our events, preferential rates to all our awards and get access to exclusive newsletters and content.

Just click here to subscribe and in the meantime may I wish you the very best.


Latest posts

New recruits are a hoot at Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance!

Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance are thrilled to announce the arrival of two special recruits to its aviation team! But hold on, they're not...

Asylum seekers could come to RAF Scampton direct from Kent, council is told

West Lindsey District Council has been advised by the Home Office that the asylum proposal for RAF Scampton has changed, with it now being...

Online information evening offers chance to find out more about fostering

Could you offer a child in Lincolnshire a safe and secure home? Lincolnshire Fostering Service are currently recruiting foster carers in your area and are running an...

Boston Library reopens following refurb

Boston Library has reopened following refurbishment. The town’s library is based in the County Hall building in the centre of Boston. To allow the owner...

Solar panel installation at council offices set to cut tons of carbon

Installation of 195 solar panels at the North Kesteven District Council offices has now been completed, making a significant contribution to the council’s aim...

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.