Dr Theo Weston has been a Doctor since 1982 & did his main training at Charing Cross Hospital Medical School in London. Dr Weston qualified as a GP in 1986.
Medicine is very much in his blood as his Dad was a Surgeon & his Grandad was a GP, making him a third generation Doctor. His father did try to dissuade him, but he always felt that he wanted to be able to care for & look after sick patients.
Although Theo Weston was born in Jamaica & lived there for his first three years, his family eventually returned to the UK & settled in North Cumbria. He considers his roots as Cumbrian!! Having studied in London, he did his undergraduate jobs in Canterbury & Hemel Hempstead before doing his GP Training in Northampton. However, he then started looking for a GP Practice in Cumbria as this was where he really wanted to work & he was lucky enough to join a Practice in Penrith in 1992.
Theo always wanted to be a GP, and always had an interest in pre-hospital emergency care. When he joined the Birbeck Medical Group in Penrith, there was already the basics of a volunteer scheme that allowed Doctors to respond to emergencies in the region. Theo was able to take over this scheme and develop it into the BEEP Fund (BEEP Doctors). He also joined the local Mountain Rescue Team in Patterdale and a few years later started working for the Great North Air Ambulance Service.
During his spare time, Theo is essentially on call so as a result, he very rarely drinks any alcohol just in case he gets called out!
When he does get time off he really enjoys road cycling, having really taken to this during the pandemic. He finds it very relaxing & sociable, especially if he can go out for a ride with his wife or team up with friends. The countryside round the North Lakes & Eden valley is fantastic for cycling. Theo also loves sailing & for most of the last 25 years has had either a small cruiser dinghy or sailing boat on Ullswater as part of the Ullswater Yacht Club. In the winter, he usually goes skiing in the Alps with family or other friends and at other times of the year or at weekends they quite often go fell walking. They also have a couple of canoes & are hoping to do a bit more of this as he heads towards full retirement.
Theo’s advice for anyone planning trips onto the Cumbrian Fells, “I would strongly encourage everyone to ensure that they always go out fully prepared for all eventualities even if the weather looks great. This includes firstly checking the weather forecast and ensuring the route chosen is not too long or taxing. Take plenty of drinks & enough food and have a paper map & compass (& know how to use it!). Be sure you have enough charge on your phone or back-up battery/charger and finally that you have let someone know where you are going & when you are due back.”
Great advice from a local who knows the landscapes and also the emergency scenarios where he and his team have had to rescue unprepared people.
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