For the majority of clinicians at Magpas Air Ambulance, becoming a Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM) doctor or paramedic has been a life-long goal. The Magpas doctors, for example, spend about a decade undergoing rigorous training, sitting countless exams and working in some very demanding conditions in hospital emergency departments in preparation for the role.
Doctor Mike Thompson, one of Magpas Air Ambulance’s newest recruits shares his experience on becoming a Magpas medic. He explains, “I actually visited Magpas Air Ambulance as an observer several years ago. At the time I was a junior doctor and had only recently graduated from medical school. I’m now thrilled to have finally made it here after years of hard graft in the hospital, and a multitude of exams along the way!”
“I don’t think people realise quite how different being a doctor in and out of the hospital really is! Despite only working with Magpas Air Ambulance for a few months I have already been called to a wide variety of patients in need. The incidents that really stand out to me are leading the resuscitation of a premature baby born in the community, performing my first general anaesthetic outside of a hospital to a man who was having a heart attack, and managing a cardiac arrest in a heavily pregnant young woman. In isolation, these events are statistically very rare, but the nature of our job at Magpas means that we are always called to the rare and complicated situations, and so it is these situations that we are constantly preparing for.”
“It’s a real privilege to be able to work with such an excellent team of doctors, paramedics and support staff at Magpas Air Ambulance. The on-duty medical team is made up of just one doctor and one critical care paramedic. This small-team working allows us to work effectively with each other when the pressure is on and ensure our patients always get the best possible care.”
Mike sums up, “There are so many good bits about working at Magpas Air Ambulance, but I think one of my biggest highlights was getting my first letter of thanks from one of the first patients I treated. It was wonderful to hear that they had made such a full recovery and only stayed in hospital for a few days. These outcomes are why we do this job, and why it is so important we continue to deliver these advanced medical skills, as quickly as possible, to the people who need them.”