EHAAT Clinical Director hosts unique webinar
2 July 2020
Clinicians from air ambulance charities across the UK have shared their experiences of dealing with COVID-19
in a specially-arranged webinar.
The webinar was developed following a series of video calls involving Directors of many of the UK’s air
ambulances, held during the pandemic as a way of sharing information, best practice, their experiences and
offering mutual support when needed
During the meeting nearly a hundred delegates from air ambulances across the country heard expert speakers
discuss some of the challenges faced by those working in pre-hospital and retrieval medicine during the
pandemic and the learning points that have emerged.
Hosted by Stuart Elms, Clinical Director at Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT), the three hour online
gathering included presentations on the COVID-19 disease and impact on patients, communicating under
pressure, a very challenging case involving a young person, Moral Injury in COVID-19 and critical care
transfers to the NHS Nightingale Hospital in London’s Excel Centre.
Stuart Elms commented: “The online meetings started during the pandemic by the Operations and Clinical
Directors of air ambulances rapidly developed a synergy where experiences and knowledge was shared to the
benefit of all air ambulances. This was an unprecedented, rapidly-developing situation and the mutual support
was incredible to witness and has carried on.
“Discussions included how we could share the learning as widely as possible within the air ambulance
community and from this grew the idea of a clinical webinar. Literally every air ambulance in the country
helped with ideas and offers of speakers.
“The energy and passion for this was phenomenal, I was incredibly privileged to be able to host this on behalf
of colleagues across the UK. We have had very positive feedback and if there is a demand then similar
events may be held in the future.”
The full list of speakers was:
Dr Jey Jeyanathan, Air Ambulance Kent Surrey and Sussex
Dr Stephen Hearns, Emergency Medical Retrieval Service & Core Cognition
Critical Care Paramedic Steve Dick, The Air Ambulance Service
Patient Liaison Manager Adam Crosby, Thames Valley Air Ambulance
Sqn Ldr Elizabeth Paxman, RAF