EMRTS Cymru Medics Join International Experts at Emergency Medicine Event

Thursday 19 May 2016


(L to r) Dr Dindi Gill, Dr Ami Jones and Dr Jonathan Whelan.

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(L to r) Dr Dindi Gill, Dr Ami Jones and Dr Jonathan Whelan.

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Medics from the Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service (EMRTS Cymru) joined some of the world’s leading experts in global emergency medicine who gathered in Cardiff recently to discuss the challenges facing emergency departments and acute medical units.

The first Welsh International Symposium on Emergency Medicine (WISEM), hosted by Cardiff University, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, and the International Federation for Emergency Medicine (IFEM), took place in Cardiff’s City Hall on May 16 and 17.

The symposium’s theme was ‘The World Comes to Wales: Facing the Grand Challenges of this Age in Emergency Medicine and Acute General Medicine’, and the emphasis was on 'Experience – Exposure – Opportunity’ in emergency medicine and acute general medicine.

The first day covered the interface and challenges facing emergency departments and acute medical receiving units, and the second day focused on innovation and trauma.

The event included three different talks by EMRTS Cymru consultants Dr Dindi Gill, Dr Ami Jones and Dr Jonathan Whelan.

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 how to establish a critical care transfers and retrieval service and how EMRTS Cymru will be evaluated after its first year of being operational.

EMRTS Cymru Swansea Base Lead and Army Major Dr Ami Jones is a consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine for the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. 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). Using her Army experience she spoke to WISEM delegates about military advancement in trauma care.

Alongside his work with EMRTS Cymru, Dr Jonathan Whelan is a consultant anaesthetist within the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and is assistant medical director of the Welsh Ambulance Service. He has a long-standing interest in pre-hospital care, with many years’ experience providing medical cover at motorsport events across the world, and this was the focus of his talk.

Dr Dindi Gill said: “It was a pleasure to speak at the first of these symposiums in Wales and my congratulations to the organisers for putting together a comprehensive programme. EMRTS Cymru engages everyday with colleagues from Emergency Medicine and it is important that we develop that interface further. The opportunity to explore with colleagues the challenges that we face in Emergency Medicine has been a particular focus of this symposium and indeed EMRTS represents an example of where collaborating with other organisations, including our partners at the Wales Air Ambulance Charity, assists with starting new services in the modern NHS. We look forward to participating in any future events that may take place.” 

Tim Rainer, Professor in Emergency Medicine at Cardiff University, said: “We have brought together many of the leading authorities in the field. The aging population, economic crisis and inefficiencies in healthcare are placing a huge burden on emergency and acute general medicine.  In the United Kingdom, acute medicine and emergency medicine are two different but very closely related and overlapping specialties. Many of the sessions and lectures during WISEM addressed the major challenges in these two areas.”

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.


Additional Information


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 information about EMRTS Cymru visit To find out more about the Wales Air Ambulance Charity visit


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