Dr John Ferris


Severe Hypothermia and ECMO:

John is a consultant in Emergency, Prehospital and Retrieval Medicine based in the Lake District. His work is split between Cumbrian emergency departments and serving as a HEMS consultant with the Great North Air Ambulance. He has worked for a number of UK air ambulances, including London HEMS, and as a retrieval consultant with the Scottish Emergency Medical Retrieval Service (EMRS). He has also worked as an honorary flight surgeon with the Canadian Space Agency, providing polar expedition medical care and remote advice to training astronauts and scientists. John has been a BASICS doctor for over fifteen years, initially in Scotland and latterly in the Lakes. He has previously held roles as governance lead and director at BASICS Scotland, chair of the training standards committee at the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care and is currently clinical lead for the Cumbrian BASICS scheme (BEEP Doctors).

A lifelong mountaineer and climber, John is team doctor with Keswick MRT. Since locating to the Lakes he has focused on how conventional pre-hospital critical care medicine can be translated and applied in hostile mountain environments. Most of his more ‘normal’ colleagues, friends and family are thoroughly fed-up with his oft-quoted mantra ‘critical care anywhere’ as he dashes out of the door to another job! You can follow John on Twitter/X via @JDF_Keswick 

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