The Trauma Consultant’s Story

My name is Stuart Reid and I’m a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Northern General Hospital. I am also the Clinical Lead for Major Trauma at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust so the helipad appeal is, in many ways, my project. I also do two shifts a month on the Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland Air Ambulance where I am a HEMS Doctor.

The best thing about my job is having the opportunity to apply my skills to critically ill or injured patients and potentially make a difference to their outcome. It can be so satisfying. The most frustrating thing is dealing with the numerous external pressures on our department which can make it very difficult for us to provide the excellent care we aspire to.

Most of my working week is spent on the ‘shop floor’ of the Emergency Department. The work is incredibly diverse – it’s quite possible that we finish treating a patient with major trauma in the resuscitation room and the next patient has a sprained ankle. We have a fantastic team of nurses, doctors, porters, reception staff and a number of other groups of support staff who work together to do the best job we possibly can for our patients.

When I’m not on the shop floor I spend office time on my role as Clinical Lead for Major Trauma. This means that I am responsible for ensuring that we provide the best possible care for the seriously injured patients that come into our Major Trauma Centre and that’s why the new Helipad is so important to me and to everyone in the department.

In emergency medicine, the speed with which patients get to specialist medical treatment is critical to the final outcome. It’s been a great privilege of flying on both the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Derbyshire Leicestershire Rutland Air Ambulance. Our job there is to assess the patient, do what we can to stabilise them and then to get them to the nearest trauma centre. So often our casualties have internal bleeding or other critical injuries and we just don’t have the facilities or specialist teams needed.

I can’t wait for the time when the new helipad is built and I’ll know that from the helicopter landing, it will be a matter of seconds until we have them in resuscitation room. Currently, when we get a call on the red phone telling us that a casualty is coming in, the trauma team waits anxiously in the Emergency Department hoping a land ambulance is immediately available to bring the patient from the helipad to the hospital, as we know that if the patient is critically injured we don't want any delays.

I studied medicine in Sheffield and really love this city and its people. I also love the great outdoors, particularly fell running and road and mountain biking and try to live life to the full. I know how fragile life can be and how everything in your life can change in a second and that’s why I am asking you to support this appeal.

The new helipad really will save time and really will help me and my team to save lives.

Please support the Sheffield Helipad Appeal.

Please support our appeal to build a new helipad at the Northern General Hospital.
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