Hospital trust supports relief efforts in Haiti

Southampton’s university hospitals are supporting relief efforts in the earthquake-ravaged island of Haiti by today releasing two doctors for deployment.

Dr Nick Maskery, emergency department consultant, and Dr Rob Dawes, a specialist registrar in anaesthetics and intensive care, have both flown out to support search and rescue missions.

Dr Maskery, who has worked at Southampton General Hospital since May 2001, also dedicates time to the air ambulance service in both Hampshire and Cambridgeshire.

"We are delighted to support Nick in this very important humanitarian aid mission and hope that he and his colleagues can be utilised as quickly as possible to bring their extensive medical skills to this complex and very sad situation," said Dr Diana Hulbert, lead emergency department consultant.

Dr Dawes will assist the UK Fire Service International Search and Rescue taskforce in their hunt for survivors of the quake, which it is estimated has claimed the lives of between 50,000 to 100,000 people.

He is in his third year of a postgraduate anaesthesia training programme at Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust and has extensive experience of working in difficult conditions outside of hospital.  

Dr Caroline Marshall, clinical lead for critical care at SUHT, said: “Dr Dawes is a critical care doctor with an unusual combination of skills making him an ideal member of a disaster relief team.”

Both are members of BASICS Hampshire, a voluntary group of medical professionals who respond to calls to emergencies at the scene.

Posted on Friday 15 January 2010