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Emergency Department

Meet the team

On this page you can find out about the team working in the Great North Trauma and Emergency Centre.


Management Team

Mr Bas SenAssociate Medical Director

  • Associate Medical Director
  • Tel: 0191 282 5794
  • GMC Code: 3409468
  • Qualifications: MBChB FRCS (Glasgow) FCEM (London)
  • Special Interests

    Haemorrhagic shock in trauma

    Flows & Streaming in Emergency Medicine

    Tele-medicine

    Medical management

  • Biography

    I qualified in 1980 in India and started work in England in 1984.  From 1984 to 1988 I completed my general professional training in Manchester.  I subsequently moved to Newcastle in 1988 to complete my specialist training in Emergency Medicine. During my training I spent 3 months as a Senior Registrar in Trauma Centres in Toronto, Canada including the Sunnybrook Trauma Centre. 

    I was subsequently appointed as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in June 1993 and as Head of Department in 1994.  I relinquished this post when I became Clinical Director of Medicine in 2011.  My primary areas of responsibility are Major Trauma, Emergency Medicine and Acute Medicine.  In April 2015 I was appointed as Associate Medical Director, RVI.

    I have published in peer reviewed journals on topics commonly encountered in my day to day practise in Emergency Medicine.

    I continue to practise as a full time clinician and enjoy working in the Emergency Department, RVI which is a Level 1 Major Trauma Centre.  My vision is to continue developing the Major Trauma Centre and to develop integrated pathways for acute time critical emergencies such as strokes, haemorrhage and acute coronary syndromes.

  • Directorate

    Medicine

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    Soft Tissue Injury Clinic

    Monday - Wednesday - Friday

  • Name of Secretary
    Laura - 0191 282 5794
  • Any other Information

    Please direct queries to secretary in first instance.

  • Bas Sen 

Mrs Dawn YoussefDirectorate Manager

  • Directorate Manager
  • Tel: 0191 223 1682
  • GMC Code:
  • Qualifications:
  • Directorate

    Medicine

  • Name of Secretary
    Marion Lewis

Mr Reuben SahariaConsultant in Emergency Medicine/Head of Dept

  • Consultant in Emergency Medicine/Head of Dept
  • Tel: 0191 282 5798
  • GMC Code: 6025183
  • Qualifications: MBChB, BMedSci (Hons), PGCertUS, MRCSEd, FRCEM
  • Special Interests

    Trauma

    Medical Education

    Ultrasound     

  • Biography

    Originally from Newcastle, I undertook my medical training at Edinburgh University, qualifying in 2001.  I developed an interest in Emergency Medicine whilst at medical school, which was consolidated during my first SHO job at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.  Deciding to pursue a surgical route into the specialty, I returned to my native northeast in 2002, rotating through a number of northeast Hospitals as a surgical trainee, before commencing registrar training in 2006.  I was appointed as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Royal Victoria infirmary in 2010.

    During my time at the RVI I have enjoyed being the Emergency Department Trauma Lead and in particular working with colleagues to set up the RVI as a Regional Major Trauma Centre.  I also have a keen interest in medical education and from 2013-2016 was the Departmental Educational Lead and College Tutor.  I continue to direct and teach on Advance Life Support, European Trauma and Trauma Simulation courses, and am an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at Newcastle University.

    In May 2017 I took over as Head of Department. 

  • Directorate

    Medicine

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    Soft Tissue Injury Clinic

    Monday - Wednesday - Friday

  • Name of Secretary
    Rachael / Laura
  • Any other Information

    Please direct queries to secretaries office: 0191 282 5794

Senior Clinical Team

Mr Dion ArbidConsultant Physician in Emergency Medicine

  • Consultant Physician in Emergency Medicine
  • Tel: 0191 282 1966
  • GMC Code: 6027084
  • Qualifications: MBBS(Newcastle) MRCS(Eng.) FCEM(Eng.) DipIMC(Ed.)
  • Special Interests

    Major Trauma

    Pre-Hospital Care

    Event Medicine

  • Biography

    I am originally from Durham and qualified from Newcastle University in 2001.  I subsequently trained in Accident & Emergency Medicine and pre-hospital care in the Northern Region.  I was appointed as an Emergency Medicine Consultant at the RVI Major Trauma Centre in January 2012.

    In my own time I support the Great North Air Ambulance Service undertaking helicopter emergency medicine work within the region.  I also provide medical cover for major music and mass gathering events throughout the North East such as stadium concerts, air shows and the Great North Swim.

  • Directorate

    Medicine

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    Soft Tissue Injury Clinic - 1 x day - Monday to Friday

  • Name of Secretary
    Department Secretary
  • Any other Information

    Please contact secretary in first instance - 0191 282 5795

  • Dion Arbid 

Mr Matthew CadamyConsultant Physician in Emergency Medicine

  • Consultant Physician in Emergency Medicine
  • Tel: 0191 282 5797
  • GMC Code: 4442697
  • Qualifications: MBChB MRCSEd FCEM
  • Special Interests

    Major Trauma Care

    Paediatric Emergencies

  • Biography

    I qualified in 1997 from Edinburgh University and pursued a career in Emergency Medicine and trauma care after being inspired by experiences as a medical student. 

    I became a Consultant in 2007 and undertook the role as Head of Department from 2011 to May 2015.

  • Directorate

    Medicine

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    Soft Tissue Injury Clinic

  • Any other Information

    Please direct queries via secretary: 0191 282 5797

  • Matthew Cadamy 

Lt. Col Anthony CalderConsultant in Emergency Medicine

  • Consultant in Emergency Medicine
  • Tel: 0191 282 5798
  • GMC Code: 6026836
  • Qualifications: FCEM MB BCh BaO DipDerm RAMC
  • Special Interests

    Chemical, Biological, Radiation and Nuclear (CBRN) incident management

    Major incident planning

    Major trauma

  • Biography

    Whilst studying Medicine at Queens University, Belfast I joined the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1999.

    After graduating in 2001 I moved to England and have worked in several regions throughout the country.

    My higher specialist training in Emergency Medicine was in the Wessex region, which I completed in 2012, prior to moving to the North East.

    As a Military Doctor I have deployed on numerous military operations, providing medical care to both multi-national forces and local civilian populations.

  • Directorate

    Medicine

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    Soft Tissue Injury Clinic

  • Any other Information

    Please contact Emergency Department secretaries in first instance;

    0191 282 5797

  • Tony Calder 

Dr Brian CarrollConsultant in Emergency Medicine

  • Consultant in Emergency Medicine
  • Tel: 0191 292 5757
  • GMC Code: 4342168
  • Qualifications: MB, BCh, BAO, FCEM.
  • Special Interests

    Trauma care and medical emergencies

  • Biography

    My undergraduate training was at Trinity College Dublin and I graduated in 1994. In 1996 I moved to the North East to commence basic surgical training.

    I made the transition to A & E in 1998 and having worked as a middle grade doctor in A & E for several years, I was appointed to a training post in the Northern Deanery in 2007.

    My CCT (Certificate of Completion of Training) was awarded in July 2012 and I commenced as a substantive consultant in the Emergency Department of the University Hospital of North Durham, where I was clinical lead for Trauma Care.

    In September of 2014 I commenced work as a consultant in the Emergency Department at the RVI.

    I teach on Advanced Trauma Life Support courses throughout the region and intend to be a regular examiner for the College of Emergency Medicine.

  • Directorate

    Medicine

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    Soft tissue injuries clinic

  • Name of Secretary
    Department Secretary
  • Any other Information

    Please contact secretary in first instance 0191 2825795

  • Brian Carroll 

Dr Ryan ClarkConsultant in Emergency & Paediatric Emergency Medicine

  • Consultant in Emergency & Paediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Tel: 0191 2825795
  • GMC Code: 6134842
  • Qualifications: MBBS MSc FCEM
  • Special Interests

    Paediatric Emergency Medicine

  • Biography

    I graduated from University of Newcastle in 2006 before completing the Foundation Programme in Sunderland.

    I then went directly into speciality training in Emergency Medicine in the Northern Region, including sub-speciality training in Paediatric Emergency Medicine.

    I also simultaneously completed a Masters Degree in Paediatric Emergency Medicine.

    I started my role at the RVI Great North Trauma & Emergency Centre in September 2015.

  • Directorate

    Medicine

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    Soft Tissue Injury Clinic

    Monday to Friday

  • Name of Secretary
    Dept Sec - 0191 282 5795
  • Any other Information

    Please contact secretary in the first instance

Mr Jim ConnollyConsultant in Emergency Medicine

  • Consultant in Emergency Medicine
  • Tel: 0191 282 5795
  • GMC Code: 3302547
  • Qualifications: MBBS FRCS (ed) FRCS (Glas) FCEM CFEU
  • Special Interests

    Ultrasound in emergency care

    Medical education - surgical skills

    Annual Thoracotomy Course - PERT.

  • Biography

    I qualified in 1988 from Newcastle Medical School and currently one of the Consultants in the new Emergency Department based at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, which has was awarded Level 1 Major Trauma Centre status in April 2012.

    I teach extensively nationally and internationally on bedside Point of Care Ultrasound and have co-authored a textbook on this.

    I am the Co-Chair of the European Society of Emergency Medicine Ultrasound section and Vice Chair of the CEM Ultrasound Group.

    I am also a co-convener of Royal College Surgeons England Resuscitative Thoracotomy Course.

    I was appointed as Head of Department for the Great North Trauma & Emergency Centre, RVI from June 2015 to May 2017.

  • Directorate

    Medicine

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    Soft Tissue Injury Clinic.

  • Any other Information

    Please direct queries via secretaries: 0191 282 5797

  • Jim Connolly 

Mr Nigel FoxConsultant in Emergency Medicine

  • Consultant in Emergency Medicine
  • Tel: 0191 282 5795
  • GMC Code: 2707691
  • Qualifications: MB BS FRCS
  • Special Interests

    Advanced Paediatric Life Support and Major Incident Planning.

  • Biography

    I am a local graduate having completed my MBBS at Newcastle University in 1981 and subsequently gaining my FRCS in Edinburgh in 1985. On completion of training I was appointed as an A&E Consultant, originally at Newcastle General Hospital in 1993. 

    With the amalgamation of services I am now one of the Emergency Department Consultants based at the Major Trauma Centre, Royal Victoria Infirmary. My non-clinical responsibilities include medical staff rota management and Course Director for Advanced Paediatric Life Support.

  • Directorate

    Medicine

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    Soft Tissue Injury Clinic within Emergency Department, Monday to Friday.

  • Any other Information

    Please direct queries via secretaries, tel: 0191 282 5795.

  • Nigel Fox 

Mr Peter Goode Consultant Physician

  • Consultant Physician
  • Tel: 0191 282 5797
  • GMC Code: 2713694
  • Qualifications: MBBS (Newcastle) Dip FMed (Glasgow) FRCS (Glasgow) FCEM
  • Special Interests

    Major trauma

    Soft tissue injuries

    Events medicine

    Education

    Revalidation

  • Biography

    I qualified in 1981 and subsequently trained in Surgery then Emergency Medicine in Newcastle and Glasgow.  I returned to the North East as an Emergency Medicine Consultant in 1990 moving to my current Consultant post in 1997.  I have been involved with the development of the Trauma Centre at the Royal Victoria Infirmary and continue to coordinate the Trauma Audit Research Network audit.

    I have held a number of senior speciality roles in the region and recently completed a term as Treasurer and member of Council of the College of Emergency Medicine. 

    I am the Course Director for the European Trauma Course in Newcastle and run a number of other trauma training days for doctors and nurses (contact secretary for details).

  • Directorate

    Medicine

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    Soft Tissue Injury Clinic, daily, Monday to Friday

    (referrals from ED only)

  • Any other Information

    Please direct queries to secretary in first instance 0191 282 5795

  • Peter Goode 

Professor Bob JarmanConsultant in Emergency Medicine

  • Consultant in Emergency Medicine
  • Tel: 0191 282 5797
  • GMC Code: 4094568
  • Qualifications: MBBS MSc FRCS(Ed) FCEM FRCP(Ed) CFEU
  • Special Interests

    Ultrasound, Research, Trauma

  • Biography

    Originally from Leeds, I trained in electronics first before changing to medicine at Newcastle upon Tyne. I qualified in 1994 and stayed in the region for my higher training in emergency medicine. I became a consultant in emergency medicine in 2003.

    I have been utilising ultrasound at the point-of-care (PoCUS) for many years in my practice. This is a really exciting area of clinical development. I have been active in developing this area nationally and internationally:

    - I am a Visiting Professor at Teesside University and I have been active in PoCUS postgraduate education

    - I am chair of the College of Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Subcommittee

    - I am a member of the Ultrasound Special Interest Group for the European Society of Emergency Medicine (EuSEM)

    - I am vice-chair of the International Federation of Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Special Interest Group and was lead author for their recent PoCUS Curriculum Guidance

    - I am on the Council of the British Medical Ultrasound Society

    - I have presented on PoCUS at conferences and events internationally

    - I have published in PoCUS in many journals and am the author/editor of a PoCUS textbook

    - I regularly peer review PoCUS papers for international/national journals.          

    I have been interested in the management of major trauma for many years. I set up and directed Advanced Trauma Life Support courses in the region and also have taught on the instructor course at the Royal College of Surgeons.

  • Directorate

    Medicine Services

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Clinics Provided

    Soft Tissue Injury Clinic

  • Any other Information

    Please contact secretary in first instance 0191 282 5795

  • Bob Jarman 

Dr Phillip JohnstoneConsultant in Accident and Emergency

Mr Jacques KerrConsultant in Emergency Medicine

  • Consultant in Emergency Medicine
  • Tel: 0191 282 5794
  • GMC Code: 3585243
  • Qualifications: BSc MB BS FRCS FRCP FCEM
  • Special Interests

    Patient flows through unscheduled care; patient safety.

  • Biography

    Initially trained in Newcastle then moved to Edinburgh to undergo basic surgical training. Took up post of Lecturer in Surgery at Edinburgh University before further surgical training in Glasgow.

    Higher Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine on the South-East Scotland Rotation (based primarily at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary).

    Now working split-site between Borders General Hospital, where I am the Emergency Medicine Clinical Lead, and the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle.

  • Directorate

    Medicine Services

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Any other Information

    Please direct queries to secretary's office 0191 282 5795

  • Jacques Kerr 

Mr Sohom MaitraConsultant in Emergency Medicine

  • Consultant in Emergency Medicine
  • Tel: 0191 282 5797
  • GMC Code: 6053072
  • Qualifications: MBBS MRCS(Glasgow) FCEM MAcadMEd FHEA PGCert(MedEd)
  • Special Interests

    Major Trauma

    Point of care Ultrasound

    Medical Education

    Medical and Strategic Management

    Safe Working Hours

  • Biography

    Newcastle University graduate in 2002.  Higher Specialist Training completed in the Northern Region with overseas training in Trauma, Trauma Surgery and Emergency Medicine undertaken in Sydney, Australia.

    Commenced post as Consultant in Emergency Medicine & Major Trauma at Royal Victoria Infirmary, Major Trauma Centre January 2012.

    Appointed as Trust Medical Education & Foundation Tutor in 2014 and Training Programme Director for ACCS training with Health Education England-North East in the same year.

    In 2016 was appointed Training Programme Director for Doctors with Differing Needs (DWDNs) for ACCS, Higher Emergency and Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine as well as Vice-Chair of the North East Regional Emergency Medicine Board 2016-2019 to graduate to Chair of the Board 2019-2020.

    In 2017 gained Membership of the Academy of Medical Educators and fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

  • Directorate

    Medicine

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    Soft Tissue Injury Clinic

    Monday - Wednesday - Friday

  • Name of Secretary
    Rachael Fountain / Laura Sen
  • Any other Information

    Please direct queries to secretary in first instance 0191 282 5795

  • Sohom Maitra 

Mr Reuben SahariaConsultant in Emergency Medicine/Head of Dept

  • Consultant in Emergency Medicine/Head of Dept
  • Tel: 0191 282 5798
  • GMC Code: 6025183
  • Qualifications: MBChB, BMedSci (Hons), PGCertUS, MRCSEd, FRCEM
  • Special Interests

    Trauma

    Medical Education

    Ultrasound     

  • Biography

    Originally from Newcastle, I undertook my medical training at Edinburgh University, qualifying in 2001.  I developed an interest in Emergency Medicine whilst at medical school, which was consolidated during my first SHO job at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.  Deciding to pursue a surgical route into the specialty, I returned to my native northeast in 2002, rotating through a number of northeast Hospitals as a surgical trainee, before commencing registrar training in 2006.  I was appointed as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Royal Victoria infirmary in 2010.

    During my time at the RVI I have enjoyed being the Emergency Department Trauma Lead and in particular working with colleagues to set up the RVI as a Regional Major Trauma Centre.  I also have a keen interest in medical education and from 2013-2016 was the Departmental Educational Lead and College Tutor.  I continue to direct and teach on Advance Life Support, European Trauma and Trauma Simulation courses, and am an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at Newcastle University.

    In May 2017 I took over as Head of Department. 

  • Directorate

    Medicine

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    Soft Tissue Injury Clinic

    Monday - Wednesday - Friday

  • Name of Secretary
    Rachael / Laura
  • Any other Information

    Please direct queries to secretaries office: 0191 282 5794

Dr Kirsty TristramConsultant in Emergency Medicine

  • Consultant in Emergency Medicine
  • Tel: 0191 282 5797
  • GMC Code: 4630254
  • Qualifications: MBBS Newcastle, MRCSEd (A&E), FCEM
  • Special Interests

    Major trauma, Emergency care of older adults, Education.

  • Biography

    I graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1999 and decided to pursue a career in Emergency Medicine during an SHO job at Newcastle General. I undertook SHO and registrar training in the North East and became a Consultant in 2011.

    I joined the team of Emergency Medicine Consultants at the RVI Major Trauma Centre in September 2014.

  • Directorate

    Medicine Services

  • Hospital Base

    RVI

  • Clinics Provided

    Soft Tissue Injury Clinic

  • Any other Information

    Please direct queries to secretaries office 0191 282 5795

  • Kirsty Tristam 

Dr Jason UrronConsultant in Emergency and Paediatric Emergency Medicine

  • Consultant in Emergency and Paediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Tel: 0191 282 5795
  • GMC Code: 4475110
  • Qualifications: MB BS, FCEM
  • Special Interests

    Paediatric Emergency Medicine, Major Trauma

  • Biography

    Graduated from Newcastle University in 1997.

    Broad-based junior medical training in the Northern Region before commencing Higher Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine and Paediatric Emergency Medicine.

    Began my consultant career at the University Hospital of North Tees before commencing post as Consultant in Emergency and Paediatric Emergency Medicine at Royal Victoria Infirmary, Major Trauma Centre December 2013.

    Instructor on paediatric and trauma life support courses.

  • Directorate

    Medicine

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    Soft Tissue Injury Clinic (daily Monday – Friday)

  • Name of Secretary
    Please contact Dr Urron's secretary in first instance on tel: 0191 282 5795
  • Jason Urron 

Dr John WrightConsultant in Emergency Medicine

  • Consultant in Emergency Medicine
  • Tel: 0191282 5795
  • GMC Code: 3201251
  • Qualifications: BSc MBChB FRCS DA MRCP MPH FCEM Dip Sport Med MSc
  • Special Interests

    Research

    Ultrasound

    Sports medicine

  • Biography

    Having completed my medical training in Scotland I was appointed  as Consultant in Emergency Medicine for Newcastle Hospitals in June 2001. I am part of a ten-man Consultant team now housed in the new Major Trauma Centre at the Royal Victoria Infirmary.  I am actively involved in:

    Northumberland and Tyne & Wear Injuries & Emergencies Specialty Group Lead

    College of Emergency Medicine National Ultrasound Committee (Research Led)

    North East Ambulance Service Clinical Advisory Group

    North East Cardiac Arrest Network Clinical Lead

    North East Trauma Committee (Research Lead)

    Newcastle Hospitals Stroke/Neuroscience/Trauma Research Group Lead

    Associate Clinical Lecturer Newcastle University (Institute of Health & Society)

  • Directorate

    Medicine

  • Hospital Base

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    Soft Tissue Injury Clinic, Monday to Friday mornings

  • Any other Information

    Please direct queries to secretaries office: 0191 282 5797

  • John Wright 

Senior Nursing Team

Miss Angela McNab Matron
Mrs Juliet Amos Senior Sister
Mrs Shirley Thomas     Lead Sister for Children's ED
Mrs Margaret Scott Administrative Team Leader     

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