Everyone in Team TVAA is a hero in our eyes. From our crew, staff and our amazing supporters, everyone plays their part in ensuring patients receive the very best care.

Dr Lizle is a TVAA Hero. Find out more about her in her own words.

Who are you and what do you for at TVAA?
I am Dr Lizle and I am a Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM). I work for TVAA on the helicopter and emergency response vehicles.

How do you and your job help provide patient care?
Together with an excellent paramedic we bring previously unavailable critical care treatment to the roadside and to our patients’ homes.

In specific conditions we can stabilise a patient before they get to hospital. Resuscitation skills which were previously only received by patients when arriving at hospital, can now be implemented much earlier. This can make a real difference to the outcome for the patient. Patients trapped in road traffic collisions can be removed quicker and with less distress to them.


You are an extremely skilled and qualified crew member. What have you done, and how long has it taken you, to reach where you are?
I started out in Emergency Medicine in South Africa in a small district hospital. I was a Medical Director for a small private ambulance company and I accompanied the crew to help patients in trauma.

When I started working in the UK I heard about TVAA through various colleagues. I worked at a lot of events, mainly taekwondo and equestrian, to give medical help. Finally, I got a place on the required course and after many observation shifts I qualified to apply for a job.

It doesn't stop there though. Training is always ongoing as it is important to keep your skills up to date with all the latest training, research and technologies.

What is your biggest challenge?
It is always a big challenge balancing work, studies and family time. I’m lucky to have an understanding and supportive family which makes it so much easier.

What attracted you to PHEM and TVAA?
Before working at TVAA, I always found it frustrating receiving patients at hospital knowing that more could be done if we could have treated them earlier. I remember thinking that there was no reason why the procedures we give patients in hospital could not be taken to them with the correctly trained medical staff. That is what got me interested in PHEM.

Living and working in Oxford at the time, I sought out colleagues who were already working for TVAA. The amazing team dynamics really attracted me to TVAA. You cannot function in this environment without excellent team work and good communication.