The Critical Care Team
Our helicopter is crewed by a pilot, paramedics and a doctor.
Some of our team include:
- Pat Andrews - Paramedic and HEMS Team Leader
Pat has had a varied career working for the Ambulance service for the past 17 years. He joined the service an Ambulance Technician in 1997 and started his training in Bromley. On completion of his basic training he was posted to Brixton Ambulance station, where he stayed for the next 3 years. Much of his experience was gained here. In 2001 he took up a position with London Ambulance Service and qualified as an IHCD state registered Paramedic in 2003. During this time he enjoyed two years of patrolling the west end of London responding to 999 calls. From 2006 – 2007 he served as a Paramedic for Yorkshire Ambulance station, in a small town called Kirkbymoorside in the Yorkshire Moors. He began working for HIOWAA in 2007. He is married and a father of two young boys.
- Bruce Armstrong - Consultant Critical Care Practitioner
Bruce was appointed Consultant Critical Care Practitioner to HIOWAA in 2014. He has been working in pre-hospital critical care for the past 13 years in Hampshire. Additionally, he has spent 22 years in the British Army working with highly motivated colleagues providing emergency care in challenging environments. Away from work he is married, and has a springer spaniel called “Brewster” who loves taking the family out for long walks in the countryside.
- Thomas Bellchambers - HEMS Paramedic
Thomas began working for the ambulance service in Hampshire in 2008. He is from Hampshire originally, and has mainly worked in the north of the county as a graduate Paramedic, Clinical Mentor and Team Leader. He is currently studying at university towards qualification as a practitioner, whilst working on the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance as a HEMS Paramedic.
- Dr Gordon Craig
Gordon is a consultant in critical care and anaesthesia at Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth having previously worked in Australia and Baltimore Shock Trauma. Having served with regular and TA airborne units he helped develop the helicopter emergency retrieval system currently used in Afghanistan. He has also worked with an International Red Cross Field Surgical Team covering the Afghan conflict.
- Prof Charles Deakin
Charles founded the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance charity in 2005 and was the first Chief Executive and Chairman, until standing down in 2007 to concentrate on the clinical aspects of the service.He is Divisional Medical Director for South Central Ambulance Service and a consultant in cardiac anaesthesia and intensive care at University Hospital Southampton. His main academic interests relate to major trauma and cardiac arrest, and he is Honorary Professor of Resuscitation and Prehospital Emergency Medicine at Southampton University.
- Mike Funge - HEMS Paramedic
Mike joined our HEMS team in June 2015, having begun his career as a student Paramedic with East of England Ambulance Service in 2007. He qualified as a Paramedic in 2010, joining South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust in 2011 and going on to become a Clinical Mentor to one of the teams at Bletchley Ambulance Station. Throughout this time he provided clinical support to a wide variety of staff members and helped develop and build the practices of a number of students. He is the father to two young boys, and prior to joining the Ambulance Service, he completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Sport and Exercise Science.
- Els Freshwater - HEMS Paramedic
Els has been a part-time paramedic with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance since 2011, first as a Medical Passenger and then qualifying as a HEMS Paramedic in 2012. She joined Royal Berkshire Ambulance Service in 2002 and has worked as a Paramedic and Emergency Care Practitioner in South Central Ambulance Service as well as spending a year working for Queensland Ambulance Service in Australia. She now works full-time as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner in the Emergency Department of University Hospital Southampton, alongside many of the HIOWAA HEMS doctors and nurses. Els obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Paramedic Science from the University of Hertfordshire and is now studying for a Doctorate in Clinical Practice at the University of Southampton.
- John Gamblin - HEMS Paramedic
John joined the Air Ambulance in 2010 and continues to fly as a part time member of the team, having left this year to join Portsmouth’s emergency department as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP).
He started his paramedic career in the Royal Navy before joining the London Ambulance Service and then moving to Hampshire in 2008, completing his BSc in Paramedic Practice at Portsmouth University. He is now studying towards an MSc at Southampton, and when not working or studying, you’ll find him teaching his two year old daughter to paddleboard- so far, so good, he tells us!
- Dr Simon Hughes
Simon is a Consultant Anaesthetist and the Director of Major Trauma at University Hospital Southampton. He spent sixteen years with the RAF and has been working in helicopter prehospital care since 2006 including in Afghanistan (RAF), Australia (Careflight) and in the UK first with Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance and with the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance since 2012. Away from work he is married with two children and when time allows he loves skiing and flying light aircraft as a private pilot.
- Stuart Mayor - Pilot
Stuart Mayor joined the Army in 1984 and served with various units initially as a Vehicle Mechanic in the R.E.M.E. In 1995 he attended and completed the Army Pilot’s Course. Stuart has flown in countries worldwide on various types of helicopters; he left the Army in October 2007 as a Qualified Helicopter Instructor. On leaving the Army, Stuart became the first permanent pilot flying the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance with Bond Air Services.
- Tom Maxwell - HEMS Paramedic
Tom joined the army at 16 and spent 6 years working in the Second Royal Tank Regiment. He left in 2008 and joined the London Ambulance Service. He qualified in Jan 2012 and spent a year as a paramedic in Ealing before joining London’s Specialist Operations Department.
He moved to the East Midlands Ambulance Service as a Clinical Mentor and spent time teaching, mentoring and studying before joining South Central Ambulance as a Hospital Ambulance Liaison Officer which saw him working in Accident and Emergency in Milton Keynes Hospital. He found his way onto Helimed 56 and now works full time as a HEMS Paramedic.
He loves being a Paramedic, motorbikes, climbing, being outdoors and spending time with his beautiful wife!
- Dave Nicholls - Pilot
Dave joined the Army in 1984. He served first on ceremonial duties and then as a helicopter ground crewman/refueller. In 1988 he attended an Army Pilot Course.
As a pilot he served in various places from the Arctic to the Equator, working as an instructor on both helicopters and aeroplanes. He left the Army in 2006 and joined Bond Air Services.
Dave flew Air Ambulances and Police helicopters for Bond all over the UK until he joined HIOWAA this October this year. He is also qualified as a Training Captain, including in night HEMS.
- Dr David Sutton - Clinical Governance Lead
Dr. David Sutton is a Consultant Anaesthetist at University Hospital Southampton and the Clinical Governance Lead for Helimed 56. He was a medical student at Southampton Medical School before taking up various training posts in accident and emergency medicine and anaesthetics. Since being appointed as consultant in Southampton, he has variously specialised in paediatrics, medical management, trauma and now pre-hospital emergency medicine. During his career he has also worked in the media, setting up the TV series “City Hospital” with the BBC in 1998, spent time in Bermuda and flown international air ambulance missions, most notably with Richard Branson in 1990, to rescue Saddam Hussain’s hostages from Baghdad before the first Gulf War. He lives in rural Wiltshire with wife, dogs and cats and has an air ambulance landing site close to the house for emergency pick ups by the Helimed 56. He is now the grizzled veteran of Helimed 56 and claims to be channeling Bruce Willis in Armageddon
- Geoff Swann - HEMS Paramedic
Prior to becoming a HEMS paramedic Geoff worked for East of England Ambulance Service as a paramedic and was involved in mentoring student paramedics. He joined the ambulance service in December 2007 as a student paramedic and qualified as a paramedic in March 2011. With a long standing interest in critical care and HEMS, he is really enjoying being part of a multidisciplinary team, providing advanced clinical care to patients.
Before embarking on a career with the ambulance service, he studied for a BSc (Hons) degree in Zoology. Recently married, Geoff enjoys travelling and outdoor sports.
- Louise Wigmore - HEMS Paramedic
Louise joined Royal Berkshire Ambulance Service in 2000 as an Ambulance Technician and was based at Newbury and Reading, qualifying as a Paramedic in 2005. She completed a year-long secondment as an Advanced Care Paramedic in Australia for Queensland Ambulance Service in 2008. She returned to Reading for a short while before becoming part of the newly formed Hazardous Area Response Team within South Central Ambulance Service in 2011, up until joining Hampshire ad Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.
Louise is currently studying part-time at the University of Southampton for a BSc in Clinical Practice.
Away from work she participates in many sports, but especially enjoys white water kayaking, cycling and surfing.
- Marcus Doyle - Pilot
Marcus joined the RAF from university in 1991. Having completed pilot training, he spent 9 years flying the Chinook helicopter on operations and exercises worldwide. After leaving the RAF in 2005, he was a director of a commercial aviation company for 10 years, while continuing to fly as both a rotary and fixed-wing commercial pilot. In 2015 Marcus joined Bond Air Services as a HEMS pilot, initially flying at various HEMS locations around the UK, before joining the HIOWAA team permanently in November 2015.
- Matt Jarman - HEMS Paramedic
Matt was born and bred in Tasmania Australia where all his family still live. He backpacked around the world for 7 years before settling in London and joining the London Ambulance Service at the beginning of 2002 where he first became a Technician, then a Paramedic. After getting married in London he persuaded his wife to move back to Australia, firstly to Brisbane QLD, then Sydney NSW where he worked his way up to become a Specialist Critical Care Paramedic. Six years and two children later his wife became home sick so he decided to move back to the UK where he joined SCAS. He has been with SCAS for 3 and a half years, working at High Wycombe Ambulance Station where he was a Clinical Mentor before joining HIOWAA in February 2016.
He loves travelling, watching all sport (especially when Australia are playing) and playing tennis competitively at his local club and spending as much time with his wife and children as his busy schedule will allow.
- Jason Butler - HEMS Paramedic
Jason moved to Oxford from Devon in 2010 to study Paramedic Emergency Care at Oxford Brookes. After graduating in 2012 he started working with SCAS as a Paramedic based in Oxford, where part of his role was to mentor and develop students. Having always been interested in critical care he was successful in joining HIOWAA in October 2016 as a HEMS Paramedic. Outside of work he enjoys swimming, the coast and attempting to surf.
- Dr Ewan McMorris
Ewan has been a member of the team since 2008. Pre-hospital medicine is very important to him, and he has been part of providing it in Hampshire since 2004 through the Charity BASICS of which he is currently chairman.
Ewan is also a consultant in Emergency Medicine for Hampshire Hospital Foundation Trust in Winchester and Basingstoke. The father of three is kept busy beyond medicine by his children.
- Oliver Sadler - HEMS Paramedic
Oliver joined the HIOWAA Critical Care Team in October 2016. He started his career with the London Ambulance Service in 2009 as a Student Paramedic, qualifying in 2012. He moved to the Peak District in 2013 to work in Manchester (and cycle/rock climb more!) and joined the Hazardous Area Response Team in 2014 – this included regular major incident training, managing patients in dangerous environments and operational ambulance and response car shifts. He has a Postgraduate Certificate in Prehospital Critical Care and despite not being willing to admit it, quite likes studying. Away from work he spends his time rock climbing, cycling, planning his next ski trip, watching rugby and avoiding housework. He is married with three pairs of skis and two bikes.
- Nicola Hawkes - HEMS Paramedic
Nicola moved to Hampshire from Somerset and Joined the Ambulance Service in 2000 as an Ambulance Technician. She qualified as a paramedic in 2004, later studying Emergency Care Practice at Portsmouth University and graduating in 2009. Since then she has worked in North Hampshire in various roles, including Clinical Mentor, Team Leader and more recently finished a secondment as Emergency Services Manager, thoroughly enjoying the experiences and challenges each role offered. She first flew with Helimed 56 as a paramedic in 2010 and since then has had a keen interest in joining the team. She has also been proud to represent the crew and attended charity events with the last being the Great South Run in 2015. In my spare time she enjoys being outdoors, walking and running with her two little dogs who are great training buddies and will be completing some more exciting challenges for the charity this year.
- Dr Liz Shewry
As well as working for HIOWAA as a pre-hospital doctor, Liz Shewry is an anaesthetist at University Hospital Southampton (UHS), specialising in patients with Major trauma. After studying medicine in Cardiff Liz went to work in Perth, Western Australia. On her return Liz worked in South Wales but missed the beach and hence moved down to Dorset to study anaesthetics. In 2010 she moved to Sydney, Australia to train in pre-hospital medicine and enjoyed working there so much she stayed for an extra year. She’s been with HIOWAA since her return in 2012 and is excited by all the great changes to the service over the past few years.
Liz is interested in education and training and is part of the HIOWAA training group, helping to develop the new base training suite and pre-hospital training for junior doctors, starting in August. At UHS, when not looking after patients, she also works in education in major trauma and training using simulation technology to improve patient care. She has an interest in global health and regularly runs training courses in West Africa. She enjoys music, travelling and being outdoors (especially if it’s sunny).
- Dr Ben Siggers
Ben is a consultant anaesthetist in Salisbury. After beginning his medical training in Bristol, he joined the military, serving with airborne and commando forces around the world for 18 years. He trained in pre-hospital medicine with the Surf Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter in Sydney, Australia and subsequently worked on the Medical Emergency Response Team helicopter in Afghanistan. He joined the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance in 2013.