All posts by Iain Beardsell

Dr Iain Beardsell. MBChB (Birm), DipIMC (RCS Ed), FRCEM is section lead for podcasts. Editorial Board Member St Emlyn’s blog and podcast. He is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at University Hospital Southampton and a Consultant in Pre Hospital Emergency Medicine. Iain qualified in 1998 and over the past 20 years has trained and practiced medicine in major teaching hospitals both in the UK and overseas. He has been a consultant at University Hospital Southampton for the past ten years, including a three year term as the unit’s Clinical Director. UHS is the main Major Trauma Centre for the South Coast region of England as well as the eighth largest hospital in the UK. Iain is also a highly regarded advisor to television medical dramas, including Casualty and Good Karma Hospital. An acclaimed speaker, Iain has spoken at international conferences in Australia, Ireland, Austria and Germany as well as across the UK. You will find him on twitter as @docib

All Shook Up – Diffuse Axonal Injury with John Hell

Regular readers will be aware that Virchester is primarily based in the heartland of the industrial North of England, but in an audacious merger they joined forces with one the country’s major teaching hospitals in

The Ignored Drug Scandal in Emergency Medicine

About ten years ago Emergency Departments in the UK were in crisis. Patients were waiting hours on trolleys, some even dying in corridors. Something had to be done. With incredible serendipity around this time a

The Weary Wander. St.Emlyn’s

After the joy and optimism of “Car Park Five” and it’s uplifting tunes I thought this should be balanced by something more reflective for the “Weary Wander” back to the car after a hectic shift

Not Just History Repeating. St.Emlyn’s

Our journey through life is peppered with “firsts”. From unrecollectable first words, to the first day at school, to our first kiss and beyond; these unique experiences stay with us and influence us forever. Even

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I Can’t Get You Out of my Head – Headache at St Emlyns

We’ve all had headaches, but not often severe enough to prompt us to seek help in an Emergency Department. Many patients presenting to the ED with a primary presenting of feature of headache will have

A Voyage into the Unknown. St.Emlyn’s

As my four months as an FY2 (SHO) in the ED at Virchester’s Southern Sister Hospital come to an end, the St Emlyns’ team asked me for a few thoughts about life as a junior

Introduction to Emergency Medicine

In the “good old days” there used to be two rotations per year in UK Emergency Departments (ED) – August and February. Now we almost seem to have one continuous induction, with new doctors arriving

Pain and Suffering in the ED – the talk and the inside story

The Talk The Audio The Inside Story It was in July 2013 when I first received an email from Chris Nickson at SMACC headquarters asking if I was going to SMACC Gold and would I

Five Minutes from Car Park Five

If the general public were asked what subject causes the most “reply all” email traffic for hospital consultants I am sure they would come up with an admirable list: healing the sick; pleading for better

What has Twitter ever done for us?

The following scene was recently filmed in a UK ED for a fly on the wall documentary. With more that a nod to the Monty Python team…. INT. ED SEMINAR ROOM. DAY (8.00) In a


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