It was a patient who got me involved. A Land Rover manager, he nominated me to provide medical support for the company's international customer expeditions.
Little did I know that, within a year, I would travel twice to Morocco and cross Oman's Empty Quarter with veteran ITN newsman Sandy Gall.
Land Rover customers who sign up for the expedition, fly to the location and meet up with a fleet of Land Rovers that they then drive over tough terrain in testing conditions.
My responsibilities were not inconsiderable. Careful planning was vital.
For example, airline baggage allowances limited the amount of equipment I could take.
But after some research, I put together my medical kit. I also asked all of the participants to complete a health questionnaire.
As it turned out, the first Morocco trip did call on my expertise, but not in the desert. I was taking a relaxing bath in my hotel room in Marrakech when I was called to the foyer, where a guest had collapsed with an acute asthma attack.
The woman was quite dyspnoeic and was sucking an oxygen tube like a straw because the hotel had no mask. I sent the concierge to find a coffee filter from which to make one, then administered salbutamol via a spacer. I also left her some oral prednisolone tablets.
Having caught the bug, I later set up Expedition Medical Services and we now provide support for a number of organisations. To celebrate 10 years of service, together with outward bound company High Country, we are running a three-week driving expedition to Morocco in May for those with suitable vehicles. We still have spaces if anyone wants to make a holiday of it.
Additionally, I am putting together a database of doctors who might be interested in supplying medical services for future events. Let me know if you fancy the challenge.
- Dr Morgan is a GP in Solihull, West Midlands
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For details of the three-week drive to Morocco, go to www.expedmed.co.uk.
If you are interested in providing medical cover for similar events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.