Yorkshire Air Ambulance recruits new specialist doctors

Published: Friday 3rd June 2016 by HEY Today editor

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Specialist emergency doctors have joined the Yorkshire Air Ambulance crew which could save even more lives across the country.

The new additions to the team will mean more people can receive life-saving treatment at the scene of an incident.

The new Yorkshire Critical Care Team has been launched which sees 11 consultants in emergency medicine and anaesthesia working on the helicopter 12 hours a day, every day of the year.

The doctors will carry additional drugs as well as being able to perform emergency anaesthesia and life-saving surgical procedures at the scene of an incident.

The new team includes emergency medicine consultants Chris Srinivasan, who works at Hull Royal Infirmary.

Emergency medicine consultant Dr Andrew Pountney is clinical lead for the Yorkshire Critical Care Team.

He said: “We have had doctors flying with Yorkshire Air Ambulance on an ad hoc basis for over 10 years now.

“But thanks to this initiative we now have a dedicated and funded system to ensure that a consultant with appropriate training and experience in pre-hospital emergency medicine can respond every day of the year.

“For the vast majority of the time the doctors will have a vital role providing support for the paramedics when they are using their extended skills.

“The doctors will also be able to make advanced clinical decisions and deliver critical care interventions very quickly, including pre-hospital emergency anaesthesia. There will be occasions when having an experienced doctor on board will mean that certain life-saving procedures can be done on scene.”

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Published: Friday 3rd June 2016 by HEY Today editor

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