Yorkshire Air Ambulance appoints new Medical Director

Yorkshire Air Ambulance has announced the appointment of their new Medical Director, Dr Stuart Reid.

Dr Reid, a highly regarded Consultant in Emergency Medicine joins YAA taking up a brand-new role, with emphasis on clinical care delivery, evaluation and clinical governance.  His responsibilities will umbrella patient safety and clinical quality provided by YAA clinical crew alongside leading the strategy for medical innovation and development.

Mike Harrop, YAA Chairman commented on Dr Reid’s appointment: “We are thrilled to have Stuart join YAA and bring with him his extensive experience in pre-hospital care and major trauma.  Stuart is a highly regarded medical professional, not only within Yorkshire, but within wider networks, and has established himself as a respected, compassionate, and trusted leader.   I look forward to working closely with Stuart to continue to advance YAA clinical practices and ensure we provide the people of Yorkshire and its visitors with the best possible care and air ambulance service.”

Sheffield based Dr Stuart Reid is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Northern General Hospital who has built his career around providing excellent care for patients who have suffered major traumatic injuries. He was heavily involved in setting up major trauma networks in Yorkshire at their inception in 2011, including prehospital aspects, and was clinical lead of the Major Trauma Centre at the Northern General Hospital between 2011 and 2020. Here he was instrumental in setting up a high performing major trauma system, including leading on the construction of the hospital’s much applauded primary helipad. More recently Stuart has spent the last four years as the clinical lead for the South Yorkshire Major Trauma Network, striving to ensure the same level of care for patients regardless of where within the region they are injured.  He also brings with him over 10 years of HEMS experience having worked with a neighbouring air ambulance charity prior to his post at YAA.

Commenting on his appointment Stuart said: “I am absolutely delighted to be taking up the role as YAA’s Medical Director.  Through my experience as a HEMS Doctor for other air ambulances and my roles at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, I have worked with many of the YAA team over the years and treated their patients through the whole system to hospital discharge. Hence to now be part of the fantastic team on what is my local air ambulance makes me incredibly proud.  Echoing Mike’s words, our ultimate aim is to ensure that we provide our patients with the best possible care, and it will be a privilege for me to be helping to lead and shape this life-saving work going forward.”

An independent charity receiving no direct government funding, Yorkshire Air Ambulance is Yorkshire’s only dedicated air ambulance service, providing a lifesaving, rapid-response emergency service to anyone critically ill or injured anywhere in the County.  Operating 7 days per week, 365 days per year, the intervention of their two helicopters and Critical Care Crews, based at Nostell near Wakefield and RAF Topcliffe near Thirsk, can often mean the difference between life and death for their patients.

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