Our philosophy is simple. The medical requirements of a patient come first and foremost in deciding upon a course of action every time. This leads and dictates how every case is managed in order to deliver assistance that meets the needs of the insured and the insurer.
Our Medical Director, Dr Gurpreet Sidhu is highly experienced in aviation medicine and undertakes some of the medical repatriations. Specialty utilises doctors and nurses who are experienced in this very specialist medical field to facilitate the safe transfer of patients.
We need to be sure that the care of the patient is catered for in advance of repatriation in case intervention is required in transit. Thus, we ensure our medical escorts are well equipped. Advance preparation is imperative.
When medical emergencies arise, the first requirement is for urgent treatment and care in a safe, well-equipped and competent environment. Where this is not immediately available in the current location, evacuation is undertaken to the nearest appropriate facility. The process of repatriation can begin when the patientís condition is stabilised.
Dr Gurpreet Sidhu MB BS DRCOG MRCGP Cert.Aviation Medicine
Dr Sidhu has worked extensively in the medical assistance field as a medical advisor and repatriation specialist.
He is Specialty Group’s medical director and an aviation medicine specialist. Dr Sidhu remains a hands-on escort doctor undertaking many repatriations each year. He is also a part-time GP, working within the NHS, allowing him to stay updated clinically. This enables Specialty Group to combine medical peer-to-peer credibility with the commercial needs of the insurance market.
Dr Paul Kennedy MB BS MRCS
Dr Kennedy, like Dr Sidhu, has extensive experience in aviation and repatriation medicine. He has worked for several years in medical assistance and continues to be very active in medical transfers. He works part time as a Specialist Registrar in Accident and Emergency and thus maintains a high level of clinical expertise. Within this position, he has an active teaching role. This all adds to the expertise available within his role as Deputy Medical Officer for Specialty Group. He deputises for Dr Sidhu to ensure that there is experienced medical cover at all times.