For several years now, the Emergency Medical Retrieval Service (EMRS) in Scotland have been opening up their clinical governance meetings to rural GPs and practitioners. On a quarterly basis, these meetings are held near their base in Glasgow, and feature a review of their activity, along with two case presentations and a topic presentation – such as a particular condition or a recent audit.
Most rural GPs across the west and north of Scotland are very familiar with the services that EMRS offers. They have maintained their original aim – to bring consultant-led critical care to remote and rural areas of Scotland and bring critically ill patients back to ITU facilities. However they also offer a HEMS-style prehospital care response, both to rural/remote regions and more locally around Glasgow. They expect a good proportion of their calls to be telephone advice – and this makes them more approachable for advice, that may then turn into an actual retrieval.
The team is held in high regard, and have bolstered the acute care available to rural communities. It’s therefore a good opportunity to link in with the team and learn about what other centres are doing – as well as catch up on latest practice and hear quality case-discussions that are relevant to rural practice throughout Scotland.
To link in, you need an ISDN teleconference facility. The meetings are held on different days throughout the year, from 1.30pm to 3.00pm. ‘Audience participation’ from remote sites is strongly encouraged, and it makes for some highly relevant CPD points too.