EMRS has 27 part time consultants. These consultants are specialists in emergency medicine, anaesthetics or intensive care. As well as undertaking a clinical role each consultant has a service development lead responsibility. These roles include research, clinical governance, risk management and major incident response. All of the consultants have a rural hospital they are responsible for liaising with and visiting annually for feedback and training.
Dr Stephen Hearns
MB ChB FRCS FCEM FRCP FRGS DipIMC DipRTM
Stephen is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine based at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley and lead consultant for EMRS. His main interest lies in the care of seriously ill patients in remote environments. He has been an active member of Arrochar mountain rescue team for 18 years and holds the Mountain Leader Award. Stephen acted as medical officer on seven international expeditions before establishing the first expedition medicine course in the UK. He has previously been an instructor on ATLS, ALS and PALS courses. Stephen finished his training with the London Helicopter Emergency Medical Service. Over the past ten years he has led the establishment of the Emergency Medical Retrieval Service in Scotland. Stephen has published a number of papers and book chapters related to these subjects. He also led the team establishing the Diploma in retrieval and transfer medicine for the Royal College of Surgeons and contributes to the organisation of the annual UK retrieval conference. He is attracted to the challenges of retrieval medicine in demanding remote environments with limited resources.
He is married to Kerry and has three sons. Stephen enjoys mountains, road cycling and mountain biking.
Dr Andrew Inglis
FRCA, MRCP, DTMH, DIMC, FFICM, DRTM, BA
Drew is a Consultant Intensivist at South Glasgow University Hospital. He has worked for the EMRS since the start in October 2004 and is a member of the project steering group. Prior to this he had retrieval medicine experience from working in Adelaide, South Australia. Trained in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Adelaide and Brisbane, Drew is an experienced instructor for ALS, ATLS and BASICS-Scotland. He has also taught with the 'Scotland Malawi anaesthesia project' in Blantyre, Malawi in 2007 and 2008 and on other courses in Austria and Denmark. Within the EMRS Drew is tasked with liaison with Ayrshire and Arran.
Away from work Drew's interests include travel, hillwalking, languages, football and a wide taste in world music.
Dr Alasdair Corfield
MBChB MRCP FCEM DipIMC
Alasdair works as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine based at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley. He currently takes a lead for Research & Audit within EMRS as well as a lead in co-ordinating the independent evaluation of EMRS by SGHD. He has worked with EMRS since its inception as a voluntary service in 2004 and was the first EMRS registrar. Alasdair trained in Emergency Medicine in Scotland and Australia. It was while working in Australia that he first gained exposure to the concept of retrieval medicine and particularly how it could improve remote and rural healthcare in Scotland. Alasdair has an interest in critical care and EMRS brings together many of his professional interests. Alasdair has published several papers related to retrieval medicine as well as given numerous presentations at national & international meetings.
He is married with three children and when he is not working or spending time with his family, he is a keen skiier and mountain bike enthusiast.
Dr Scott Hepburn
MB ChB, BSc(Med Sci)Hons, FRCSEd, FCEM, DiplMC RCSEd
Scott has recently moved to Glasgow from Aberdeen, where he completed his studies in Emergency Medicine. He is presently working as a consultant in the emergency department of the Western Infirmary Glasgow. During his training, he developed a keen interest in Pre-hospital Care, Trauma and Critical Care. His EMRS responsibilities include PPE, Risk Assessment & Incident Reporting, HUET Training and Equipment. He is liaison consultant for Mid-Argyll and Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
His out of work interests include computing, skiing and travelling.
Dr Cieran McKiernan
MB ChB, FRCSEd (A&E), FCEM
Cieran has recently taken a consultant post in Emergency Medicine at the Southern General. He enjoys providing critical care and is keen to utilise this experience the rural retrieval environment. He is an instructor for ALS and APLS and has an interest in Medical Education. Cieran will take charge of Standard Operating Procedure development for the team and will be liaison consultant for Benbecula.
He is married to Leza with 2 children and a Dalmatian. When not at work he enjoys Gaelic sports, eating and drinking.
Lt Col Pete Davis
MRCGP FACEM Dip IMC Dip Mtn Med RAMC
Consultant in Emergency Medicine in the British Army, based in Glasgow. Pete trained as an emergency physician in New Zealand where he developed a special interest in pre-hospital emergency care and mountain medicine. Since returning to the UK in 2003 he has worked on rotation with the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service in London, and is a faculty member for the recently established Diploma in Mountain Medicine.
Dr Phil Munro
Phil qualified in Glasgow in 1989 and trained in the UK and Ireland before being appointed to a consultant post in Emergency Medicine at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow in 2000. He has been involved in prehospital care for about 20 years initially with the Medic One team in Edinburgh then later in Cork and finally as one of the original, voluntary team members for what became the Emergency Medical Retrieval Service. Phil has special interests in Emergency Department design, equipment and systems management. He is the medical lead for EMRS equipment selection and configuration.
Phil plays Flamenco guitar, does Crossfit and is the only medically qualified instructor for the Israeli self defence system Krav Maga in the UK. He lives in Paisley with his wife Joan and to the amusement of his EMRS team colleagues, hates flying.
Dr David Stoddart
MBChB FRCS(Ed) FCEM
David is an Emergency Medicine Consultant based at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley. He has a keen interest in Retrieval Medicine and has been part of the team since its inception. He has an interest in paediatric care and in particular paediatric sedation. He has developed extensive experience in teaching at an under and postgraduate level. As part of the team he takes responsibility for communications.
When not at work he is to be found sailing around the west coast of Scotland and helping care for his son Jock.
Dr Neil Dignon
MB ChB MRCP FCEM DipIMC
Neil is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and the Western Infirmary of Glasgow. He graduated from Manchester University in 1994 and worked in the North West of England before coming to Glasgow and training in Emergency Medicine. He has a wealth of pre-hospital experience with over 20 Expeditions overseas as a Medic. He has been a Faculty member on Expedition Medicine and Expemed – Britains leading Expedition Medicine courses, since they began. Neil’s liaison role is with Campbeltown, and he is responsible for Paramedic Teaching and Training. In his flight helmet he looks like a fly.
Dr Mark Dunn
MB ChB BSc(Hons) MRCSEd FCEM
Mark is dual accredited in emergency medicine and intensive care medicine and works in both specialities at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. He has previous aeromedical experiance with the retrieval service in Townsville, Australia. Mark also has pre-hospital experience on Medic One, the Edinburgh based physician staffed road vehicle. Mark is an ATLS instructor and has published on procedural sedation, emergency airway management and critical care transfer. Mark aims to develop high fidelity simulator training for the team and is liason consultant for Coll, Colonsay, Tiree, Gigha, Lismore, Jura, Kinloch Rannoch and Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
He is married with two children and outside work enjoys travel, hillwalking and skiing. He is a self confessed tech-head.
Dr Jason Long
MB ChB, MRCP, FCEM
Graduated from Glasgow University in 1993 and appointed Consultant in Emergency medicine at the Southern General Hospital in 2005. Main interests are teaching and education, critical care and major incident planning. Jason also works as a foundation tutor, supervising 30 trainees in South Glasgow and Ayrshire. Part of the EMRS team since 2005 and has responsibility for liaison with the Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway and the Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow.
Main interests outside work are football, both playing and following his local team, Greenock Morton and family. His two children Matthew (6) and Rachel (2) keep him on his toes!
Dr Randal McRoberts
MB ChB MSc (Remote Healthcare) MRCGP MRCSEd (A&E) DipIMC FCEM
Randal is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine in Lothian. He has a special interest in Pre-Hospital and Remote Medical Care. He has previously worked as a rural GP in Scotland and was an Antarctic research station Doctor for 2 years with the British Antarctic Survey. Randal aims to bring his experience in rural and remote healthcare together with his Emergency Medicine and critical care skills to provide immediate care to Scotland’s rural communities.
Outside of work, Randal can either be found in the Scottish Hills on his mountain bike or Kitesurfing in Tiree.
Dr Helen Milne
MB ChB MRCS(A&E) FCEM DCH DipFMS DipIMC
Helen is a consultant in Emergency Medicine with subspecialty training in paediatric EM working at Worthing Hospital in West Sussex. She completed her registrar training in the West if Scotland and has been a member of the Emergency Medical Retrieval Service since its inception. Currently she is the lead examiner for the DipRTM facilitated by the RCSEd
When not at work, she can be found spending time with her husband and their two children. Helen has a keen interest in travelling and sport, and is at present a member of the GB WAKO kickboxing team.
Dr Niall McMahon
Niall is a consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley. He previously worked for EMRS as a registrar from 2007 including a six month full time placement. His interests include critical care, major trauma and teaching.
He has previously worked in Melbourne, Australia including time in The Alfred emergency and trauma centre. He has worked for various prehospital teams including the Australian Formula 1 grand prix, the Gold Coast Indy and the Rally of Scotland. He has also completed an international retrieval with Ozevac.
Niall has taught on various courses including EMRS liaison visits, ALS, SCRUMCAPS and has been involved in undergraduate teaching and exams. His liaison role within EMRS, covers Galloway Community Hospital in Stranraer.
Niall's personal interests include watching sport and running and also scuba diving if the water is warm enough.
Dr Richard Price
FRCA, FFICM, DipIMC
Richard is a consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley. He is a graduate of Aberdeen University and trained in anaesthesia and ICM in Glasgow. He spent 2006 with the Sydney Aeromedical Retrieval Service. He has been involved with the EMRS service since its inception and as a consultant since 2009.
He is liaison consultant for Mull, Tiree and Coll and leads the EMRS outreach education. He is also a director of BASICS (Scotland).
Dr Nicola K Littlewood
MB ChB BSc(Hons) MRCS(A&E) FCEM DipMC
Nicola is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Southern General Hospital. She has been a member of the EMRS as a sessional registrar since 2005 following an attachment with the New Zealand Flying Doctors Service flying out of Christchurch and in 2007 completed the six month EMRS registrar post. With a keen interest in teaching, Nicola is an instructor on ALS, APLS and IMPACT courses.
In her spare time, she likes to ski, walk big hills and drink wine!
Dr Jon McCormack
MB ChB, MRCP, FRCA, DipRTM
Jon is a Consultant Paediatric Anaesthetist at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. He is also a permanent member of the ScotSTAR Paediatric Intensive Care Retrieval Service and as such performs land and aeromedical paediatric critical care transfers throughout, and occasionally outwith, Scotland. He graduated from Dundee University in 1998 before completing his Anaesthetic training in South East Scotland and a Paediatric Anaesthetic Fellowship in Vancouver. Non-clinical roles include provision of PICU Outreach education and feedback sessions, simulator training for paediatric anaesthesia and critical care, paediatric anaesthetic link for Scottish Patient Safety Programme and Risk Management.
His three children, generally keep him busy out of work but whenever time allows Jon is a keen cyclist and whenever snow allows, a very keen skier.
Dr Richard A Burnett
BSc MSc MB CLB MRCP FRCA FCARCSI EDIC
Richard is a dual accredited Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia in Lothian. Born and brought up in Lochgilphead, prior to a career in medicine, he was a Sports Physiologist in London working with elite athletes. His main interests are in the resuscitation of the critically ill, human physiology in extreme environments and the pathway of transferring patients from remote sites to definative care. He is also involved in the teaching of critical care using high fidelity simulation. He has worked in pre-hospital care at various sporting events including the Mull Rally and spent two years in Sydney, Australia completing HEMS and critical care fellowships. He has also flown with the London HEMS team.
In his spare time Richard is keen on motorcycling, mountain biking and watersports, with a well-honed addiction to kitesurfing. His lifelong mid-life crisis also has him flying autogyros. Richard is married to (the very understanding) Katherine - they have two children, Ruari and Tana, whom they encourage in adventurous pursuits.
Dr Mike Donald
BSc MB ChB, MRCS (Ed), FCEM, Dip IMC
Mike is an Emergency Medicine Consultant working in Tayside and is the prehospital lead for EMRS,
Mike has previous experience working for Careflight in New South Wales, Australia and spent time working in Sydney, Orange and Darwin. He has also worked with London's air ambulance, Essex and Hertfordshire air ambulance and East Anglian air ambulance.
In the past 12 months, Mike has been seconded to a non-clinical role to oversee a key area of development for the EMRS which has been the introduction of a dedicated 'trauma desk' within Ambulance Control to improve the recognition of major trauma cases and the allocation of critical care resource.
Mike is married with four children and spends his spare time swimming, cycling and running after them.
Dr Neil Hughes
MB ChB DCH FRCEM DRTM DIMC
Neil is a consultant in Emergency Medicine at Monklands Hospital in Lanarkshire. He went to medical school in Dundee before embarking on a wandering career path around Scotland, Wales and Australia. He has been with the Emergency Medical Retrieval Service since 2011 and previously worked in aeromedical retrieval in Queensland.
His particular interests include critical care, paediatrics, echocardiography, social media in emergency medicine and teaching. Neil regularly teaches on ALS, APLS and TEAM courses in different parts of the UK and abroad.
The use of blood products in the pre-hospital field is Neil’s current interest within the EMRS team.
Dr Tim Parke
Tim is an emergency and retrieval physician at the Southern General Hospital and the EMRS in Glasgow and is dually trained in emergency medicine and intensive care.
He has worked as a consultant in ITU and A&E at the Southern General and been Clinical Director of Emergency Medicine for both South Glasgow Hospitals and Auckland City Hospital in New Zealand. He was involved in setting up the forerunner service to EMRS for West Scotland and initiated the Auckland Rescue Helicopter EMS. Other PHC experience includes duties with Medic 1 in Edinburgh, the UK emergency response to the Kurdish refugee crisis in Northern Iraq, the Glasgow Shock Team and the 'Lifeflight' national air ambulance service in New Zealand.
Dr John Ferris
MBChB FCEM MRCSEd DipIMC DipRTM RCSEd BSc(Hons) MedSci
John is a Consultant in Emergency, Pre-Hospital & Retrieval Medicine who trained in the East of Scotland before spending a year in the deep south with HEMS London, Herts & Essex. He is a director and instructor at BASICS Scotland and Chairs the Training and Standards Committee at the Faculty of Pre-hospital Care.
John’s research interests include pre-hospital critical care, advanced airway management and the pathophysiology of hyper-acute trauma death. He is a teaching fellow at the University of St. Andrews and has worked in expedition medicine with the UK Military & Canadian Space Agency as a Flight Surgeon.
John is married to quite possibly the most understanding wife known to mankind. During their free time they can be found walking, climbing and skiing in the highlands of Scotland and the Alps.