A former Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance doctor has flown to the Philippines to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
Dr Amy Hughes and Professor Tony Redmond are leading a 12-strong UK medical and surgical team from the UK International Emergency Trauma Register.
They arrived in the capital Manila on Thursday (November 14th) before heading south west to the island of Cebu, the north of which suffered damage from the typhoon.
Dr Hughes is among the first British medics on scene and along with the rest of the team and will be using her specialist skills in emergency medicine to benefit survivors who need treatment.
She said: "The team is composed of a very diverse and experienced team of surgeons, anaesthetists, emergency doctors, GPs, emergency nurses and operating theatre nurses, all of whom have undergone specific medical, surgical and security training for working in disasters. All these people together bring a number of services to the community.”
Dr Hughes is more used to dealing with road traffic collisions having worked for the Air Ambulance for more than a year but has since completed her tour of duty with the life-saving charity.
She qualified as a doctor 10 years ago and has worked throughout the south-west and London in emergency medicine and pre-hospital care.
She also served in Queensland, Australia, with The Royal Flying doctors and recently returned from a seven-month mission to northern Sri Lanka with Medecins Sans Frontier.