Iain Grant is now a consultant at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. From 1997-2012 he was Chief Medical Officer to British Antarctic Survey. He started his career in medicine in the Royal Navy where he rapidly gained experience in practising in remote situations far from help and support. He trained as an orthopaedic surgeon and moved to the emerging speciality of emergency medicine, becoming the first military consultant in that speciality. His staff also provided 24 hour medical advice by radio for ships at sea worldwide.
The Medical Unit provides all aspects of healthcare for BAS, developing medical policy, recruiting and training the doctors and undertaking specialised first aid training for all personnel, providing all medical and pharmaceutical supplies, and perhaps most critically of all, offering support for the doctors and other personnel via telemedicine links. He will explain the challenges of Polar Medicine, the unusual healthcare issues which arise, and how doctors meet these challenges in Antarctica
The Oates Antarctic Lecture series is sponsored by UKAHT – United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust