‘We felt there was a need to take the scheme a step further. We bought more sophisticated equipment and a dedicated vehicle (the Immediate Response Vehicle) which was capable of carrying this equipment to wherever it was needed. This vehicle is kept in Penrith and attends road traffic accidents and many other medical emergencies in the area.’
Dr Theo Weston MBE
BEEP Doctor and Chairman
Since it began, the Beep Fund Ltd has moved on from just three Doctors and a 15 mile operating radius around Penrith, to ten highly trained Doctors, whose own cars are equipped with “Blues and Twos” and emergency equipment. The Beep Fund Ltd. now covers most of Cumbria from Kendal up to the Scottish Borders.
The Beep Fund Ltd. was also a founding member of BASICs NW [British Association for Immediate Care NW]. This is a confederation of similar BASICs teams across the region, which has the aim of standardising procedures across the various teams. BASICs NW is also affiliated to the national BASICs organisation.
Our medical team comprises of ten fantastic volunteer Doctors. BEEP Doctors have specialist training in enhanced pre-hospital emergency care and provide additional patient care that paramedics alone cannot provide. If you would like to join the BEEP team we would love to have you, contact us for more information.
Theo has worked for BEEP since it was started in 1994. He studied at Charing Cross Hospital Medical School, London and qualified in 1982 and since specialising in General Practice.
The really enjoys the challenges pre-hospital medicine poses and most importantly the rewards reaped by seeing a poorly patient get better or at least better than they would have been if we’d not been there. He also really enjoys the Teamwork involved in working with other emergency services.
Theo is originally from Jamaica but has lived in England since he was 3yrs old and his family home has been in Cumbria since he was 5yrs old. After Theo finished his Medical School training he was keen to look for a job back in Cumbria & was very lucky to get the GP post in Penrith in 1992.
Sean is a former Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and was the first person in the UK to become a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. He has been involved in a wide variety of expeditions over the last 20 years.
In 2004 he became a medical consultant to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and works throughout the Middle East. Since 1998 he has worked for Across the Divide Expeditions as medic and expedition medicine advisor, providing medical cover on expeditions in 21 different countries.
In 2002, he co-founded, with Mark Hannaford, Expedition and Wilderness Medicine, which seeks to provide comprehensive training for medical professionals working as expedition medical officers in a variety extreme and remote environments.
In 2017 Sean was awarded an MBE as Co-founder World Extreme Medicine and Medical Lead, UKMed, Cumbria. For services to Providing Medical Aid and Education.
John is a Consultant in Emergency, Pre-hospital & Retrieval Medicine based in Cumbria. He lives in Keswick and has been involved in Pre-Hospital Medicine for the last 15 years. He is married to Claire – quite probably the most understanding wife in the world and has two fantastic children who are both already better climbers and skiers than he is!
Angus is the newest member of the Beep Doctor crew and just started with us in March 2019. Graduating as a doctor 10 years ago from Aberdeen, Angus specialises in Emergency Medicine and Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine. Originally from Carlisle, Angus enjoys spending time outdoors either walking, running, climbing and cycling.
Gareth, who is a GP in Longtown, has worked with the Beep Fund for the past four years. He qualified in 2005 after studying at the University of Sheffield. Originally from Nottingham, Gareth is also the CCIO (Chief Clinical Information Officer) and GP Lead for North Cumbria CCG. Gareth moved up to Cumbria for his first medical job and hasn’t managed to escape since. He also met his wife whilst living in the area. Gareth enjoys life as a Beep Doctor assisting patients in a different manner to in his day-to-day work.
Phil has been providing pre-hospital care in North Cumbria for over 20 years, but only joined BEEP a year ago. Phil has been a doctor for almost 30 years, first working in Bristol and then moving to Cumbria in 1991. He studied medicine at the University of Bristol, after completing a BSc and a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Southampton.
Phil enjoys the variety of his work; the constant challenge posed by the unexpected, the technical clinical challenges it brings, and the tremendous satisfaction and reward of being able to help people at what is for them invariably a time of enormous distress, fear and anxiety, many of whom are from their own community. He also enjoys working alongside colleagues from the ambulance, fire and police services, as well as working with colleagues within BEEP.
Phil has a wealth of experience, which he brings to the team such as teaching Medical Law and Ethics to medical students at Lancaster Medical School, Undertaking Mental Health Act assessments, preparing medico-legal reports as a GP Expert Witness and regular GP sessions at Glenridding Surgery near Penrith.
Along with our Doctors, the BEEP Fund could not function without the great work of our Comittee members. Some of our fantastic doctors also serve as trustees. We are always on the look-out for more volunteers, so if you would like to get involved let us know!