PROFILE: Stephen Hearns
How can any doctor with a full time job also be involved in expedition medicine, mountain rescue medicine, and event medicine? Rhona MacDonald finds out how one such doctor fits it all in.
Stephen is currently a fourth year specialist registrar in emergency medicine based in Glasgow. He is also a member of a mountain rescue team, an expedition doctor to many weird and wonderful places,and provides medical cover for football matches and musical festivals. Oh yes, he also runs his own company with his wife, Kerry, has just become a dad, and is currently renovating his house. What I want to know is how on earth he finds the time. “With difficulty,” he replies. No surprises there then. He adds,“These activities have been an excellent lesson in time management, as I quickly had to recognise the need for prioritisation. Mountain rescue training is one day a month, and I try to work my on-call rota round this. The trips abroad with the expedition company are fitted into annual leave.”
Stephen graduated from Glasgow University in 1993. His interest in travel started with