The BBC and Expedition and Wilderness Medicine

Helen Skelton completes the Namibia ultra marathon

Helen Skelton completes the Namibia ultra marathon

Expedition and Wilderness Medicine have once again been called upon to help BBC’s Blue Peter program. After Helen Skelton, one of the loveliest presenters we have ever had the pleasure of working with, completed Across the Divide’s  Namibia Ultra Marathon, considered by many to be the hardest desert marathon in the world and for which EWM medics provided support, she is now heading off down the Amazon and Expedition and Wilderness Medicine and Across the Divide and  were called upon to provide medical support.

Expedition and Wilderness Medicine who provide remote medical support for film crews and media companies have been busy preparing Helen for the rigours of her next adventure and expedition doctors Dr Sean Hudson and Lucy Dickinson have been busy in the BBC centre running scenarios and doing on site training.    Dr Dickinson has the pleasure of accompanying the Blue Peter expedition but rumours have it is she is more excited about the prospect of gaining an elusive Blue Peter badge than exploring one of the world’s greatest natural wonders!!

In true BBC fashion it was all filmed for prosperity and will appear on next weeks Blue Peters shows on Tuesday 19th of January and Wednesday the 20th.

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Free Medical Training for Media Production Companies working in Remote Locations

Medical Training for Media Expedition Media TrainingProduction Companies

December 3rd 2009
09.00 – 13.00

Royal Geographical Society, London

This is a free training seminar, limited to 25 places, for people involved in filming or media projects abroad in locations where medical cover is not close at hand. It will highlight the biggest risks and you will learn how to administer immediate care and the importance of including the medical provision in your planning.

Anyone who is part of a media crew or production company working on location abroad in remote environments or who is filming and photographing adventurous activities.

Interested?   Then contact Piers Carter on  Piers@expeditionmedicine.co.uk  or  07801 104604

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Media Crew Expedition Medical Support

Media Medical Logistical Support

At Expedition and Wilderness Medicine we are aware that many TV projects are getting more adventurous and travelling to more remote environments. In these circumstances it is vitally important to have a qualified doctor or medical professional on site should the unexpected happen. Many locations do not have first world medical facilities and an Expedition Medicine medic equipped with the latest mobile medical kit and satellite communication can provide the peace of mind to allow you to focus on the production of your project. 

We can provide full medical cover for production teams and celebrities on your television or photographic project worldwide. We have an impressive portfolio of experienced medical professionals on our books, many of whom have media experience both on and off camera. Using Expedition and Wilderness Medicine to provide your medical cover resolves some of the most important logistical and safety considerations of foreign travel in remote environments.   Through our ties with Across the Divide Expeditions we are also able to assist in the provision of outdoor specialists and logistical support in the worlds most remote locations.

We also provide other expedition equipment, preparation and back up services such as:

  • Expedition Leader
  • Casualty Evacuation Plan 
  • Risk Assessment 
  • Pre-expedition medical advice for all crew 
  • Satellite phone 
  • Radios 
  • Medical Kit including fluids and drugs 
  • Gamov Bag 
  • 24-hour phone medical cover
A selection of our customers          

Ginger Productions

Ginger Productions

BBC Natural History Unit (NHU)

BBC Natural History Unit (NHU)

ITV 2

ITV 2

Pirelli Calender

Pirelli Calender

Price list

Item Investment
Fully qualified and experienced medic £350/day including pre-expedition meetings and travel days
Expedition Leader £350/day including pre-expedition meetings and travel days
Wilderness Medical Kit £350/week including fluids and drugs (only to be supplied with an EML doctor)
Risk Assessment £300/day for all travel, in-country research and report write up time
Pre-expedition medical advice for all crew £300/day
Satellite phone £100/week + £1/minute talk time
Casualty Evacuation Plan £300/day for all travel, in-country research and report write up time
Radios £40/week/radio (includes mains and in car chargers)
Gamov Bag £100/week
24 hour medical help line £300/week

Please be aware that this structure can be adapted to suit the needs of your project since no two expeditions or remote locations are alike. We work with you to define your needs and recruit the appropriate medical professional. 

‘I’d just like to say thank you for all your help – I’ve had lots of applicants through Expedition Medicine from all over the world, so that’s been really great. For your information, as of late Wednesday afternoon we have found our medic, so I no longer require our ad to be ‘out there’ so to speak!’ … ‘We would definitely consider using Expedition Medicine in the future, if a suitable role comes up’. C.M | ASSISTANT PRODUCER | BBC NATURAL HISTORY UNIT 

Satellite driven ‘reach-back’ facility

Expedition Medicine are in the position to offer a satellite driven ‘reach-back’ facility to UK based doctors. We are able to provide medical advice to clients in the field on all medical issues from primary care, tropical diseases and through to emergency medical conditions. 

We can act as your specialist medical back up; supporting and empowering you to effectively deliver medical services in remote or hostile environments. 

Access to this facility is just a phone call or satellite communication away.
We can provide 

• The capability to communicate via BGAN or Irridium satellite communications directly with the UK accessing real-time advice on dealing with the most demanding medical situations
• We can provide the equiptment and the expertise for you to feel confident and comfortable in any hostile or remote location. 

High lift jack demonstration - Namib Desert

High lift jack demonstration - Namib Desert

More Information

For specific information about your media project or expedition please ring Piers Carter, Expedition Projects Director on 07801 104604 or email Piers, our media manager here.

All of Expedition Medicine’s doctors carry medical indemnity underwritten by UK based companies.  Part of the conditions of contract with Expedition Medicine specifies that in the event of a medical negligence claim, all parties agree to disputes being settled under British Law, in British Courts.

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