EMRTS Cymru Medics Contribute to International Critical Care Conference
Thursday 28 April 2016
Three Welsh-based medics from the Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service (EMRTS Cymru) have contributed to a major international event focusing on emergency pre-hospital critical care.
Retrieval 2016 (27-28 April) is the UK’s national pre-hospital and critical care conference hosted by the Emergency Medical Retrieval Service in Scotland. The two day event, which took place in Glasgow, included three separate talks by EMRTS consultants Dr Dindi Gill, Dr Paddy Morgan and Dr John Glen.
Dr Dindi Gill is co-founder and director of EMRTS Cymru as well as being a consultant in emergency medicine within Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board. His talk focused on the evaluation of the service in Wales and its progress over the last twelve months.
Alongside his work with EMRTS Cymru, Dr Paddy Morgan is a consultant in anaesthesia and pre-hospital care in the North Bristol NHS Trust. His talk covered the topic of paediatric drowning and post-ROSC management.
Dr John Glen is a consultant in intensive care and anaesthetics in North Wales and helped to set up EMRTS Cymru using his experience working on the Emergency Medical Retrieval Service in Scotland. He spoke to delegates about pre-hospital neonatal retrieval.
Across the two days there were also contributions from UK-based practitioners as well as experts from Australia, South Africa and Switzerland.
The three medics were also joined by several other consultants and critical care practitioners (CCPs) from EMRTS Cymru who used the opportunity to talk with their counterparts from around the world.
Dr Dindi Gill said: “Retrieval is one of the major conferences in the field of pre-hospital critical care and it was a great honour for EMRTS Cymru to be asked to contribute. The opportunity to highlight the work of our service and share best practice with a delegation of international experts is invaluable. It will only serve to help us evolve our service for the continued benefit of Wales.
“We would like to congratulate, and thank, our good friends at EMRS Scotland for organising this excellent event.”
Launched in April 2015, EMRTS Cymru provides pioneering emergency medical care across Wales. The Service is made up of consultants and CCPs (paramedics and nurses) who are able to deliver innovative emergency treatments previously not available outside of a hospital environment.
The EMRTS medics travel on board the Wales Air Ambulance Charity helicopters and in a fleet of Rapid Response Vehicles which enable them to reach the scene of a medical emergency as fast as possible.
EMRTS Cymru is a partnership between the Wales Air Ambulance Charity, NHS Wales and the Welsh Government. The consultants and critical care practitioners (paramedics and nurses) fly on board the Wales Air Ambulance Charity 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.
For further details please contact Steven Stokes, EMRTS Cymru Communications Manager, on 07866 796985 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.