Photo: Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Medical Director Dr Malcolm Russell pictured at the launch of the night flying service last month.
A Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance doctor has been awarded an MBE for services to emergency medicine in the New Year Honours Lists.
Dr Malcolm Russell joined the life-saving charity as Clinical Lead in 2007 when the Surrey and Sussex helicopter was first launched.
Last year, he was appointed as the charity’s Medical Director responsible for assuring the quality of care provided by its doctors and paramedics.
He said: “I feel very humbled to have been awarded an MBE when I work with so many other well-deserving individuals who are so dedicated to looking after our patients. For me, this represents collective appreciation for the work we all do as a team.
“I am very proud of the work I do with the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust and feel honoured to work with so many amazing people from the senior management all the way through to the committed fundraisers who allow us to do the work we love doing.”
Dr Russell served in the British Army for 15 years and has been involved in pre-hospital emergency medicine since 1996.
In 2011, he was part of a 50-strong UK International Search and Rescue Team who helped victims of the New Zealand earthquake and the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
The married father-of-two is to be invited to Buckingham Palace later this year when he will be formally invested by a member of the Royal Family as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).