Patients in remote and rural areas along the west coast of Scotland will benefit from the expansion of the local Emergency Medical Retrieval Service (EMRS).
The appointment of three additional emergency medicine consultants by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde will ensure rapid access to emergency medicine and critical care for patients in remote and rural hospitals across the west coast.
The EMRS operates a dedicated emergency retrieval service and the three consultants will join the team ensuring the service has a consultant available on dedicated emergency retrieval duties from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm every day and on rapid standby at night.
Based at the ambulance service helipad in Glasgow, the team can be deployed by helicopter to patients with life threatening injuries and illnesses giving them the fastest possible access to the treatment they need. The team can also be transported by the ambulance service's fixed wing plane at Glasgow airport or by Royal navy search and Rescue helicopter
Dr Stephen Hearns, Accident and Emergency Consultant based at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and lead consultant for EMRS is delighted to welcome three new highly qualified consultants to the retrieval team.
He said: “The three new consultants come with a wide portfolio of experience in emergency medicine and aero-medical care.
“One consultant was involved with the Sydney retrieval service and another was part of the renowned London helicopter emergency medical service featured on BBC’s Trauma series.
“We are extremely lucky to have secured the services of three highly skilled consultants and their appointments demonstrate the commitment of the Scottish Government Health Department to improving emergency care in rural Scotland."
The three new consultants are Alastair Newton from St. Thomas' Hospital in London, Scott Hepburn from Aberdeen and Cieran McKiernan from Glasgow.
For images and/or interviews with Dr Stephen Hearns or Dr Cieran McKiernan please contact 0141 201 4429.