Who will treat you
The speed and versatility of our aircraft make them invaluable tools in delivering medical expertise to patients at the scene of an incident, but it is the on board Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) team that has the skills needed to save lives.
The team is led by a senior doctor with specialist interest in managing trauma. The majority of these doctors are consultants in emergency medicine or anaesthesia, based in the region's major trauma centres when not working on the aircraft. Others are senior GPs with years of experience in dealing with pre-hospital emergencies.
The service also has close links with the military, where advances in the pre-hospital management of major trauma are shared between the organisations.
Our doctors sit on various advisory panels, encompassing military, ambulance service, specialist police operations and major sporting venues. They regularly lecture on the subject of pre-hospital care throughout the country, to both civilian and military audience.
The doctors work shoulder-to-shoulder with our directly employed paramedics. GNAAS employs nine paramedics in all, working across the two operational bases. Most of them have a degree in BSC Paramedic Science, and others have achieved advanced accreditation which allows them to administer drugs not normally available to paramedics.
This varied expertise is not only helping to save lives in our region today, but it is helping to shape the way pre-hospital care is provided in the future.