I am an air ambulance doctor, hospital consultant and pilot. I have written this book describing my journey through the establishment and management of modern air ambulance units in England.
To my knowledge there are no other published works dealing with air ambulance work, although there have been numerous ‘fly on the wall’ TV programmes and one recent American TV drama (‘Trauma’). This book illustrates the development of a new medically-led air ambulance service with dramatic, graphic and often humorous mission descriptions.
I believe it is unique because the book:
The book is written in a humorous, biographical style and medical matters are presented in terms easily understood by the lay person. The stories are ‘inspired’ by real life events which are used to illustrate the evolution of modern air ambulance work.
I have used descriptions of missions to tell the story of the pilots, doctors, paramedics and support staff. Some of the material is gritty and graphic. I believe it reveals the human side of those working on air ambulances and also informs the reader of the workings of these units.
Tony Bleetman is a consultant in Emergency Medicine and an air ambulance doctor.He grew up in London and went to live in Israel at the age of 17. After medical school he served in the Israeli Defence Forces as a soldier, a trainee helicopter pilot and finished his service as a military doctor in the anti-terrorist unit.In 1991, having tired of Middle East politics, he returned to the UK and embarked on his career in Emergency Medicine. Throughout his career, he has been active as a volunteer doctor, responding for the ambulance service to offer advanced medical assistance at difficult scene...
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