Philips gets into gear to assist Formula One medical teams

On standby at Silverstone with chief medical officer Dr Ian Roberts, second left, are George Eliot Hospital radiographers Jenna Casey, Katy Back, Matthew Rayner and Laura Slimm.

Formula One drivers, crew and spectators attending this year’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone had some of the best medical facilities available of any sporting event around the world, according to Philips Healthcare.

A team of more than 100 senior clinicians and paramedics, most of them volunteers, were assisted by more than £500,000 worth of cutting-edge equipment from Philips.

Director of Silverstone Circuit David Thomson said: “We are extremely proud of the medical centre we have, and thanks to the generous support of Philips, Silverstone has become one of the best equipped medical centres at any circuit in the world.  The provision of the medical equipment for the 2013 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix is essential.  With more than 300,000 people on-site over the weekend we must be in a position to deal with every eventuality.”

Katie O’Driscoll of Philips Healthcare said: “Systems such as the Sparq touchscreen mobile ultrasound and the MobileDiagnost wDR digital x-ray are ideal for the extreme trauma and emergency care that medics at the British Grand Prix are primed to deal with.”

See the full report on page 8 of the August 2013 issue of RAD Magazine.

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