John Ferris has been a BEEP Doctor for nearly 5 years now and chatted about being part of the BEEP team over the festive period.
I’m based in Keswick and cover an area north up to Silloth, west to Seascale, east to Penrith and the M6B Motorway, however we are occasionally called to incidents much further afield such as Ulverston, Millom and Carnforth – which is my current record.
The best thing about being a BEEP Doctor is being able to use my skills to help and care for people within my community. We live in geographically remote areas where a hospital can feel a long way away. Being able to bring advanced care forward to people’s homes and on the roadside really can make the difference between life and death for some patients.
Loving The Lake District
There is nothing I love more than being in the hills around the festive time. The mountains are beautiful when snow covered and there is even the odd chance for some ice-climbing in the Lake District!
We always have a strong emphasis on family time over Christmas. For us, Christmas Day is when we usually see friends we haven’t seen for a long time. This year is looking a little different, obviously. The Queens speech is a firm tradition in our house, and we always enjoy an afternoon walk after a huge dinner.
I’m definitely a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas dinner. All the trimmings, turkey, roast ham and my personal favourites – pigs in blankets – which I have to fight my kids for as they love them.
Part of the job in Emergency & Pre-hospital Medicine means I’ve worked many recent Christmas Days. I’m on call for Christmas Day this year, on the helicopter for the Great North Air Ambulance. I will be up at 06:30, on the airbase for 07:30 and on duty between 08:00 and 20:00. We then put the aircraft away, sort the kit and I’m home by about 21:00, just in time for a glass of wine and some pressies.
We have been filming some of our pre-hospital jobs recently with BEEP using a Go-Pro camera which has been fantastic, I’ve definitely got one on my Christmas list, although it’s likely to be nicked straight away by my adventurous children.
Dr John Ferris
MBChB FRCEM MRCS(Ed) DipIMC DipRTM BScHons
Clinical Lead, Consultant & Senior Lecturer
Emergency, Pre-Hospital & Retrieval Medicine
North Cumbria University Hospitals
Great North Air Ambulance