EMRTS Cymru Doctor Inspires Monmouthshire on International Women's Day
Thursday 10 March 2016
Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service (EMRTS) Cymru Doctor and army Major Ami Jones has spoken about her remarkable career as a part of the International Women’s Day celebrations in Monmouthshire.
Monmouthshire County Council marked International Women’s Day on Tuesday (8th March) with a series of motivational events. The celebrations included a seminar at Caldicot School, attended by 170 GCSE and A Level students, and a talk to the Council’s employees and councillors.
Originally from Shropshire, Dr Jones now lives in Abergavenny and is a consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine for the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. She is a part of the innovative EMRTS Cymru service. As well as her roles in the NHS, Dr Jones is Major in the army reserves and has undertaken two tours of duty in Afghanistan on MERT (the military pre-hospital service).
Dr Jones said: “I was delighted to be asked to take part in the International Women’s Day celebrations. I spoke about why I joined the army and what I have gained from it in terms of the training and the deployments. My experience in the armed forces was based on taking the hospital to the patient and starting advanced care as soon as possible. We have now been able to replicate this in a civilian capacity in Wales through EMRTS, in partnership with the Wales Air Ambulance Charity.
“Through the talks I hope that people feel inspired and believe that, with hard work, they can achieve anything they put their mind to.”
Councillor Phil Hobson, Monmouthshire’s cabinet member with responsibility for equalities said: “We’re proud to mark the contribution of the county’s women and to participate in International Women’s Day. We’re very grateful for the contribution made by Dr Jones and we believe that the events we have organised will help to empower young people to realise that the sky really is the limit.”
Launched in April 2015, EMRTS Cymru provides consultant-led pre-hospital critical care across Wales, taking the emergency room to the patient. It is a partnership between the Wales Air Ambulance Charity, NHS Wales and the Welsh Government. The Service also provides a consultant medical advisor for the whole of Wales who is available to advise the emergency services 24/7.
The consultants and critical care practitioners (paramedics and nurses) fly on board the Wales Air Ambulance helicopters which are based in Swansea and Welshpool. The team are able to reach 90% of the Welsh population within twenty minutes. It is the generosity of the Welsh public, through donations to the Wales Air Ambulance Charity, which keeps the helicopters flying.
When the helicopters are unable to fly due to poor weather conditions, the service has access to a fleet of Rapid Response Vehicles which enable the team to reach the scene of a medical emergency, by road, as fast as possible.