We caught up with doctor Simon to find out about his journey to becoming a doctor, and what it’s like to work for Thames Valley Air Ambulance.
How long have you worked for Thames Valley Air Ambulance?
Over 20 years…I’ve worked here since the very first flight back in 1999! And I’ve been a doctor for 36 years.
Why did you want to become a doctor?
My father was a GP in a rural setting and I had always felt it was the job for me to do. Being part of the community and being able to help people attracted me to becoming a doctor and later a GP. I enjoy the challenges of emergency medicine, so became a BASICS (British Association for Immediate Care) doctor, responding to serious incidents in a pre-hospital setting, and later joined the Ambulance Service as a Medical Director.
What training and qualifications have you got and how did you get to working at Thames Valley Air Ambulance?
I’ve been lucky to have access to lots of training and experience over the years. I’ve worked in a number of disciplines including Orthopaedics, Cardiothoracic surgery, Accident & Emergency, Paediatrics, Neonatal Intensive Care, Obstetrics, and General Practice. I was involved in the initial planning and set up of Thames Valley Air Ambulance back in the 1990s, which included deciding what equipment and drugs were to be carried on the aircraft and delivering the first training course for the HEMS Paramedics in the Thames Valley.
What makes you proud to work for Thames Valley Air Ambulance?
Thames Valley Air Ambulance has grown enormously over the years and we’re always striving to improve the care we give to the community. It’s a professional organisation with incredibly dedicated staff and I’m very proud to be a part of this.
Why is the work of Thames Valley Airbualnce important?
We bring the highest level of care direct to the patient and start lifesaving treatment as soon as possible, which can make a big difference in giving patients the best chance when the worst happens.