Well-regarded clinician and leader in pre-hospital medicine, Prof David Lockey, is the new National Director of the ‘Welsh Flying Medics’ (the Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service in Wales).
The service provides consultant-delivered innovative pre-hospital critical care across Wales, by air and by road. It is achieved via an important partnership with the Wales Air Ambulance (WAA), a charitable trust that relies entirely on the generosity and support of the Welsh public to help keep the choppers flying.
The ‘Welsh Flying Medics’, a highly trained team of consultants and critical care practitioners, work with WAA, take the A&E to the patient, wherever they are in Wales.
In his most recent role, Prof Lockey was the Clinical Director for Major Trauma at the Severn Major Trauma Network.
He is also a consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia in Bristol and currently chairs the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
His pre-hospital care has been mainly as a Consultant and Research Lead at London’s Air Ambulance. He is also a trustee of London’s Air Ambulance charity. As the transitional lead for the Major Trauma Network in South Wales, Prof Lockey is supporting the NHS Collaborative in Wales to establish the trauma network.
He takes over from Dr Ami Jones who has led the service on an interim basis since April 2017, as well as continuing her role as a consultant anaesthetist in Nevill Hall Hospital and a Lieutenant Colonel in the British Army. In July 2017, she received an MBE for services to the military and the Wales Air Ambulance. Dr Jones will remain a consultant with the ‘Welsh Flying Medics’.