Bravo Medics saves lives in the local community by sending highly trained critical care doctors to the very sickest of patients to support the local ambulance service.
These doctors, who all work full time for the NHS, volunteer in their own family time and are on call to drive on blue lights to the scene of accidents or medical emergencies where they provide hospital level care, that would otherwise be unavailable, and can mean the difference between life and death.
On scene we provide hospital level intensive care to patients, improving their chance of survival and reducing any ongoing disability they might suffer.
Highly trained dispatchers aim to let us know about critically ill patients very shortly after a 999 call is made, so we can rapidly arrive on scene.
Alongside our ambulance service colleagues, we aim to transport patients to the most appropriate hospital for them, with their treatment continuing en-route.
By following up with patients we can offer them explanations of what care was provided, if that will help their recovery; as well as learning from each patient's experience in order to optimise the service that we provide the community.
Based in Bristol and Avon we are primarily tasked to patients in Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset – but we also attend incidents in Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Wales when our specialist skills are required.
Andrew is a senior registrar in Anaesthesia and Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine currently in the final years of his anaesthetics training in the Wessex Deanery. He developed his interest in pre-hospital care whilst at university in Aberdeen and completed his training in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine with Great Western Air Ambulance Charity over 2019-20. In a varied career to date, to complement his base specialty training, Andrew has completed additional posts in Paediatric and Neurosciences Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine and Major Trauma. He has also served as an officer in the Royal Navy. Outside of work Andrew enjoys scuba diving and walking in the countryside.
Glyn has been a Consultant Cardiologist in Bristol for over 10 years and specialises in the treatment of heart rhythm disorders which can lead to sudden cardiac death. Having witnessed first-hand the importance of pre-hospital critical care in his patients, he undertook additional training in Anaesthesia, Paediatrics, and Trauma to become a Critical Care Doctor with Great Western Air Ambulance in 2019. During his training, he served as an officer in the Royal Army Medical Corps. Glyn is usually to be found enjoying the outdoors or on the water with his two boys.
Mark is an Emergency Medicine and Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine consultant. He trained in London and the East of England before becoming a consultant in 2018 and then moving to live in South Gloucestershire. Mark also works for Magpas Air Ambulance. Outside of work, Mark enjoys walking Tali the Labrador and good food.
James has been a Consultant in Paediatrics and Neonatal Intensive Care for more than ten years and works full time as a Paediatric and Neonatal Retrieval Medicine Consultant based out of Bristol. He is also a Critical Care Doctor for Great Western Air Ambulance. We are delighted that James is our clinical director. When James isn't in the back of an ambulance he likes to spend time at home with his wife and two children.
As a new scheme lots of our equipment is second hand. We are looking to fundraise new equipment and secure our life-saving service for the future.
Bravo (Bristol and Avon Volunteer) Medics is an accredited British Association Immediate Care (BASICS) scheme, and has been supporting volunteer responding since January 2020. Over our first two years of operating, we responded to 178 requests for critical care.
We’re a relatively new organisation so please bear with us while we add more information to our website.
We would love to hear from you if you would like to support us in some way. From making a donation, to sharing your story if you were treated by one of our volunteer doctors; please get in touch.