EMRTS Cymru Supports North Wales Trauma Training

Wednesday 11 January 2017

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Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service (EMRTS Cymru) medics based in North Wales shared their knowledge at a special trauma training day at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Bodelwyddan, recently.

The day was organised by ICU Specialist Registrar Dr Dafydd Williams and was targeted at emergency medicine doctors, anaesthetists, nurses and Welsh Ambulance Service paramedics based within Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

The training included three Emergency Department Resus scenarios. These were: a motorcyclist involved in an RTC with a car and who required a massive transfusion and RSI; a young man who had been assaulted, and suffered a severe head injury with intracranial haemorrhage, requiring an RSI and neuroprotection, pneumothorax post ventilation; a stabbing victim with a massive haemopneumothorax, massive transfusion and peri-arrest from tension pneumothorax.

The scenarios were undertaken in a mock Resus room and were transmitted back to the delegates via video conference facilities. After each scenario there was a debriefing session to discuss how the situation was handled.

Supporting the event from EMRTS Cymru were Dr John Glen and Dr James Chinery. Alongside their work on the Wales Air Ambulance Charity helicopters, Dr Glen is a Consultant Intensivist at Glan Clwyd Hospital and Dr Chinery is a Consultant Anaesthetist at the Royal Stoke University Hospital. They were joined by EMRTS Cymru Critical Care Practitioner Rhyan Curtin.

Also delivering the training were Emergency Medicine Consultant Dr Tom O’Driscoll and Anaesthetic Specialist Registrar Dr Niki Boyer, both based at Glan Clwyd Hospital.

Dr Dafydd Williams said: “The day was a great success, the first of its kind at Glan Clwyd Hospital, using experience gained from the Ysbyty Gwynedd Trauma Training Day which has been running for several years. One key theme we wanted to introduce and reinforce was that of 'Human Factors', which we did using a dedicated session and during clinical debriefing sessions. How teams work together and how the clinical environment impacts upon this is essential to delivering safer and more efficient patient care.”

Dr Chinery was one of the speakers and he focused on what makes an effective working environment during an emergency. He said: “We are always supportive of educational events like this as they reflect the aim of EMRTS Cymru to contribute to clinical and skills sustainability. Participating in multi-agency training fosters an innovative health care culture, more effective teamwork and improved clinical care.


“We congratulate and thank the team at Glan Clwyd Hospital for organising a very valuable training day.”

Dr Glen said: “EMRTS Cymru has been a part of numerous hospital-based educational events across Wales over the past twelve months. This will undoubtedly benefit those medics who took part and, subsequently, the people of Wales and the quality of treatment that they receive.”

Additional Information

1. EMRTS Cymru is a partnership between the Wales Air Ambulance Charity, NHS Wales and the Welsh Government. The Welsh Government-funded NHS consultants and critical care practitioners fly on board the Wales Air Ambulance Charity helicopters which are based in Dafen and Welshpool. 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.

To find out more about the Wales Air Ambulance Charity visit

2. For further details please contact Steven Stokes, EMRTS Cymru Communications Manager, on 07866 796985 or via