Air Ambulance doctor given Queen's accolade
Photo: Professor Richard Lyon MBE
Professor Richard Lyon, Associate Medical Director of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust (KSSAAT), has been awarded an MBE for Services to Emergency Healthcare in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Professor Lyon is being rewarded for his commitment, his pioneering pre-hospital research and his work as a volunteer responder to medical emergencies. He has been with KSSAAT since 2012 and leads the KSSAAT research and development programme, including pre-hospital blood transfusion and pre-hospital anaesthesia.
Adrian Bell, Chief Executive of KSSAAT, said he was delighted that Professor Lyon's work in emergency healthcare has been recognised in this way:
"Richard is a true inspiration to all those who work with him. His achievements to date are a clear indication that his work remains entirely patient focused. My heartfelt thanks go to him for all he has done and continues to do for this charity."
Professor Lyon, who also volunteers with the British Association of Immediate Care responding to accidents and life-threatening emergencies, said he was humbled to receive the award:
"Working on the frontline of emergency medicine for over a decade, I have seen life at its extremes - both cruel and kind. I have been lucky enough to care for some of the bravest patients and their families and I am privileged to work with paramedics, doctors, pilots and nurses of the very highest calibre on a daily basis."
Professor Lyon has a passionate interest in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, trauma and resuscitation; his research has ultimately led to changes in local and national practice in pre-hospital and air ambulance care, with many lives saved as a result.
He is a volunteer doctor on the UK International Search and Rescue Team and, supported by KSSAAT, deployed as part of the rescue and humanitarian relief effort to the Nepal Earthquake.
In addition, he holds the Chair of Pre-hospital Emergency Care at the University of Surrey. As well as his research interests, he is a passionate speaker, always aiming to inspire others to learn, improve and save lives. He regularly volunteers to train first responders and ambulance crews in the latest emergency medicine techniques.