The service has two full time registrars on six month placements at any one time. We also have a number of sessional registrars who are active on the clinical rota. As well as gaining experience in pre-hospital care and critical care retrieval, emrs registrars develop skills in service development and clinical governance.



ZOë Smeed


Zoë has completed her training and holds a Certificate of Completion in Training in Emergency Medicine (South East Scotland) with sub-speciality Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine (East of England).   She additionally enjoys working as a sports and event doctor covering motorsport, ice-hockey and outdoor events, including working at both the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and London 2012 Olympic Games.  Zoë also works for the East Anglian Air Ambulance Service and previously Magpas Air Ambulance.  She is currently doing a 6 month post with MedSTAR in Adelaide, South Australia combining her love of travel with pre-hospital and retrieval medicine.  She enjoys instructing on ALS, ATLS and BASICS Scotland courses, in addition to the National PHEM training course.  She is also the Scottish Representative for the Faculty of Pre-hospital Care.

In her free time Zoë enjoys working out at the gym, participating in outdoor sporting activities and travelling.  Her favourite travel destination to date is Norway, and she is looking forward to planning her next travelling adventure.



Neil is the first registrar to join the EMRS team as part of an innovative training partnership with London's Air Ambulance. The post, which provides experience in both remote retrieval and urban trauma is the only one of its kind in the UK. Prior to undertaking this subspecialty training Neil was an Emergency Medicine trainee in Essex and actively involved in prehospital care with the BASICS Essex Accident Rescue Service.

After Graduating from Barts & The London in 2011 Neil has worked in emergency care in America, South Africa and most recently in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak. When not at work he enjoys going on long bike rides - both on and off road.


Sarah Maclean

MBChB  BSc (Hons)  FRCA  FFICM  DipIMC  DipRTM  Dip Mtn Med

Sarah is a final year Specialty Registrar in Anaesthetics & Intensive Care Medicine in Tayside. Prior to joining EMRS in 2016, her pre-hospital experience included being part of the medical team at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Fort William and completing the Diploma in Mountain Medicine. Sarah is interested in teaching and is an instructor on ALS and APLS courses, as well as contributing regularly to undergraduate teaching at the University of Dundee. Her other interests include altitude physiology and rural critical care.

In her spare time Sarah enjoys mountain biking, hillwalking, ski touring, playing music, baking, and planning her next adventure! Her favourite place is the west coast of Harris.


Dr Alastair BAIRD



Christina is in her final year of paediatric intensive care training.  She has a keen interest in patient safety and paediatric critical care outreach.

Christina is a fan of sports and the great outdoors.  She has recently discovered skiing and aims to get down slopes in a speedy manner that doesn't result in her requiring EMRS retrieval.






Dave is an Emergency Medicine trainee based at The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. 
He graduated from Edinburgh University and continues to teach and examine undergraduate medical students there. 

His specialist interests involve Prehospital Emergency Medicine and Retrieval Medicine as well as IT in healthcare. 

He is the developer of our multi-award winning EMRS iOS App and is involved in the provision of similar apps across the UK and Australia. 
Dave is married to Yvonne and enjoys eating out, and generally relaxing when he gets time off work!