EMRTS Appoints National Director

Tuesday 7 November 2017


We are delighted to announce that Professor David Lockey has been appointed as National Director of EMRTS Cymru, the Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service (“Flying Medics”) that is hosted by ABMU for NHS Wales.


David is currently the Clinical Director for Major Trauma at the Severn Major Trauma Network, and a consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia in Bristol. He is currently Chairman of the Faculty of Pre-hospital Care at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. His pre-hospital care has been mainly as a Consultant and Research Lead at London’s Air Ambulance. He is also a trustee of London’s Air Ambulance charity. David has extensive civilian and military experience of pre-hospital medicine and has published widely and collaborated internationally in the field.


As the transitional lead for the Major Trauma Network in South Wales, David is helping the NHS Collaborative in Wales to establish the trauma network. He will take up his role in EMRTS Cymru in April 2018 when his work for the collaborative ends. Until then, we are very grateful to Dr. Ami Jones MBE who will continue as the interim National Director.


Hamish Laing, Executive Medical Director for ABMU said: “Professor Lockey is a highly regarded clinician and leader in pre-hospital medicine with a wealth of experience; we are fortunate to be able to appoint him to oversee the next stage of development of EMRTS Cymru, which is already making a real difference for patients in Wales, thanks to its dedicated team of clinicians and managers and the considerable support of Welsh Government and Wales Air Ambulance. I look forward to working with David.”

David Lockey said: “I have been very impressed by EMRTS Cymru, which already has achieved so much in the short time since it was established. This is a tribute to the team that set it up on such solid foundations and I am excited at the opportunity that my appointment gives me to work with the service and its stakeholders and to help with its continued development over the next three years.”



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