All the doctors flying on Helimed 56 are consultants in either anaesthesia and intensive care or emergency medicine.
A consultant must first spend five years at medical school to become a doctor and then undergo at least nine further years of training, plus several exams.
Before being accepted to fly on the helicopter, our consultants must undergo further training in pre-hospital emergency medicine, and learn the skills required to look after patients on the helicopter.
“The chance to combine flying and emergency medicine is brilliant. We work very closely with the skilled ambulance staff on the ground, as well as the fire and rescue service and police”.