MBE for WEM co founder Dr Sean Hudson

It is with great pleasure we share with you the news that WEM (formerly Expedition & Wilderness Medicine) co founder Dr Sean Hudson was awarded a MBE in the summer honours by Her Majesty the Queen

‘Member of the Order of the British Empire Dr Sean Terence HUDSON Co-founder, Expedition and Wilderness Medicine and Medical Lead, UKMed, Cumbria. For services to Providing Medical Aid and Education’..

WEM has long striven to provide the highest benchmarks in the delivery of Expedition Medicine and Remote Medical Care and we honoured that this has been acknowledged in such a prestigious manner.



Clinical Post in Emergency Medicine & MSc in Extreme Medicine Doctor announced by Devon Hospital.

Clinical Posts in Emergency Medicine & International MSc in Extreme Medicine Doctor announced by Devon Hospital.Extreme Medicine

Combining a stunning Devon location with the chance to experience modules Polar Medicine in Norway, Mountain Medicine in Nepal, high fidelity CIV-MIL deployment with 201 Field Hospital, Human Factors, Future Medicine delivered by NASA Astronaut Mike Barratt and other modules.

‘To those that live in Devon, it’s probably no secret, but a survey in Country Life Magazine found that those living in the county simply enjoy a better quality of life than anywhere else in England’,

The Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital is looking to appoint to a unique post combining both a substantive post in Emergency Medicine and an opportunity to complete the new and exciting MSc in Extreme Medicine at the University of Exeter run in partnership with World Extreme Medicine.



CBS Survivor selects WEM as its location medicine partner..

Once again WEM has been tasked by the @Survivor Reality TV show to provide a robust Primary Care & Trauma Service for this years filming.

World Extreme Medicine provides remote medical services to Survivor TV Series

World Extreme Medicine provides remote medical services to Survivor TV Series

Survivor; the reality show where a group of contestants are stranded in a remote location with … The lone survivor of this contest takes home a million dollars.

The team from the top down were extremely professional and easy to deal with at all levels of the operation. Ultimately our number one concern is the health and safety of our cast and crew and at all times it felt we were in extremely capable hands. From a logistics and production standpoint we also really appreciate the professionalism and “can do” attitude these guys bring to the table. Jesse Jensen – Co-Executive Producer – US ‪Survivor

‘Dr Joe’ Rowles, Location Medical Director for WEM

‘It a pleasure to once again to be working alongside CBS Survivor to provide medical cover to a great team working hard to made great TV, its a pleasure to working with both the contestants and the crew to ensure that not only is another amazing year of Survivor presented but its done with a great medical supporting the team.


Survivor Remote Medical Support

World Extreme Medicine provides remote medical services to Survivor TV Series

Extending the skill set of the local support team so that immediate care can be delivered more rapidly is a part of the WEM ethos and the on site team have been working hard to provide training session for local boat drives and support crew…

WEM’s Medical Director Mark Hannaford

Being selected year on year to be #Survivors medical team is an honour and I’m delighted to say that the team are enjoying this year immensely as well and providing great medical backup once again.


Interested in WEM providing world leading medical backup from your remote location project? Please email at admin@extreme-medicine.com

World Extreme Medicine provides remote medical services to Survivor TV Series

World Extreme Medicine provides remote medical services to Survivor TV Series


We believe it is our job to inspire you

… and here at World Extreme Medicine we take our job very seriously!

Opening the door to a medical adventure.. everest from World Extreme Medicine on Vimeo.


CBS ‘Survivor’ selects WEM as its medical partner, again.

The US reality TV show, Survivor, broadcast on CBS has chosen WEM to provide a full medical team made up of doctors, nurses and paramedics to provide primary care and trauma cover once again for its filming in 2017 at an undisclosed location.

Providing Film Medical Support – CBS ‘Survivor’ again selects WEM to provide location medical support from World Extreme Medicine on Vimeo.


IHP’s Doctors’ Travel Pack programme

International Health Partners (IHP) is Europe’s largest coordinator of donated medical products, providing tens of thousands of people globally with access to medicines and healthcare who would otherwise find it near impossible to receive.ihp

The organisation was founded 12 years ago and was integral in responding to the huge need for medicines as a result of the Asian Tsunami in December 2004 – bridging the gap between pharmaceutical companies who wanted to donate medicines to the emergency, and agencies on the ground who were responding.

IHP has a strong reputation among its network of healthcare industry donors, who include some of the world’s largest and most well-known companies as well as with organisations working to provide much needed relief, development and healthcare to people living in some of the most remote and poorest areas of the world.

“We respond quickly to humanitarian dfootbridge-nepalisasters, support long-term healthcare development projects and equip medics with supplies for short-term missions through our Doctors’ Travel Packs,” explains Patrick Keys, Health Programme Manager at IHP. Patrick also manages IHP’s Doctors’ Travel Packs (DTP) programme.

A DTP is a mixture of over- the-counter and prescription medicines packed in two boxes and serves as a mobile primary care pharmacy.  Once an individual has applied for a DTP and IHP has confirmed they are who they say they are, that they are going where they say they are going and that they will use and store the medicines properly, the DTP is shipped directly to a hospital, clinic, surgery or pharmacy in Europe. The pack is then carried by the applicant direct to their final destination. IHP have sent packs to 75 countries across the globe and have good working knowledge of the requirements for customs clearance in many countries.

By providing medics and humanitarian workers with the medicines they need to provide quality care, a DTP equips health workers with the resource they need to grow the reach and effectiveness of their work in resource poor environments.

If you would like to know more about IHP and how you can take part in the Doctors’ Travel Pack programme go to www.ihpuk.org  or contact Patrick Keys – p.keys@ihpuk.org

Follow IHP on Twitter: @ihp_uk



Officially registered and incorporated we need your help with with designing a unique and identifying logo for your new society.

Launched at The Extreme Medicine Expo 2016, The Society of Extreme, Expedition & Wilderness Medicine (SEEWM) will act as a focus and voice for our community, be a centre of excellence that will build clinical governance, good practice, and act as a repository for research and the sharing of learning and experience. SEEWM is a not for profit organisation applying for charity status. .

The ethos of SEEWM is about

Providing a home for all the medics who can see a bigger world.
The building of bridges between traditional medical knowledge bases.
The building of links and relationships between people, organisations and countries.
Providing a platform for the cross-fertilisation of innovative ideas and
stimulating a systems approach to medicine.
Merging with the most relevant non medical science disciplines to establish crossover knowledge and research.

In return for a year’s free membership we invite you to submit your ideas by PM no later than midnight on December 30th 2016.

The trustees; Prof. Chris Imray, Dr Roger Alcock, Dr Sean Hudson & Mr David Weil invite you all to get involved and help us design a logo that reflects all aspects of this new society.



WEM is recruiting!

A rare opportunity to join the team at WEM. Job at WEM

Starting in January a full time post as a business development officer has arisen. Working alongside the Managing Director you’ll need to be enthusiastic and ambitious, capable to working independently and with initiative this post is full time and based in our Devon office in Axminster.

Flexible working hours upon negotiation, this job will suit someone with previous business development experience and a passion for creating positive social change, adventure and healthcare.

In the first instance please email mark@extreme-medicine.com with ‘Working for WEM’ in the subject line and no more than two paragraphs on why you feel you are the best candidate.


This year’s Extreme Medicine Conference will be a truly inspiring event…

Network & learn at the world’s largest gathering of extreme medics…

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This year’s Extreme Medicine Conference will be a truly inspiring event and action-packed right from the start. With attendees flying in from over 25 countries outside of the UK the event will provide an unbeatable networking opportunity, with heaps to learn both in front of and away from the stage.

Keeping the energy flowing, we’ll have a drinks event at Dynamic Earth on Friday and our Extreme Ceilidh on Sunday. There are some additional events in the pipeline, so keep your eyes on our social media streams.

Don’t miss out one of the most varied and impressive line ups of medical experts in extreme medicine ever seen.

Join the Twitter storm @extremeexpo

Dr David Nott

David Nott to open

A man synonymous with providing quality medical assistance in war zones.  Hear him at his most inspiring & passionate, Day 1 18th Nov, 8.30am & 5.30pm

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Dr Tom Konig

Tom Konig

One of the country’s best trauma surgeons. There’s little British Army and HEMs medic Tom Konig hasn’t seen or handled. Learn from the best.

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MSF Doctor Natalie Roberts

MSF Dr Natalie Roberts

Returning from recent missions to the Ukraine, Yemen and Syria Natalie will share her experiences and thoughts on Day 1.

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Andrew Luks speaking at Extreme Medicine


World expert on everything high, Dr Andrew Luks is joining us from the University of Washington.

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Medical Mind Set

Drawing on his experiences overwintering in Antarctica, with the African Flying Doctors (AMREF) and London HEMS Dr Matt Edwards examines the psychology of trauma.

Edinburgh - host city for Extreme Medicine

Amazing networking

And amazing learning. The conference stimulates new thinking, extends professional relationships and shares new and more effective approaches to medical practice in challenging environments.

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Tim Peake welcomes Extreme Medicine

The welcomes pour in

from all around the globe and from out of this world..

When Tim Peake apologises that he can’t attend your event but sends an ace video instead!  View.

The International Space Station sends theirs best wishes.. Hear Dr Kate Rubin.

BBC reports on Extreme Medicine

The BBC reports..

The International World Extreme Medicine Conference in London is not for the faint-hearted. 
Richard Hollingham BBC 2015..

Read the Beebs report here…

Olly Hicks at Extreme Medicine

Explorers galore

Iconic adventurers Olly Hicksjust landed after kayaking from Greenland to Scotland and mountaineer Cathy O’Dowd, the first woman to climb Everest from both sides, will be sharing their learnings at Extreme Medicine ’16.

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MSF - Charity Partner

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BBC Wildlife – an unexpected pleasure

It isn’t often that a medical conference gets featured in BBC Wildlife Magazine – ‘Discover Wildlife’ but then Extreme Medicine is different as this report on the work of WEM speaker Prof. Craig Franklin highlights…extreme medicine, australia, crocodile

Undertaking one of the world’s largest and longest-running tracking programmes of its kind, Professor Craig Franklin — School of Biological Science at the University of Queensland and also Director of Research at the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve — focused on the responses of saltwater crocodiles to changing environmental conditions, including the impact of human-induced environmental change.

To gather data, Franklin’s team — including Steve Irwin’s daughter, Bindi Irwin — surgically inserted transmitters into more than 150 saltwater crocodiles, enabling the researchers to monitor the locations and body temperatures of the animals.

“The reason that we measure the crocodiles’ body temperature is that it governs, to a major extent, the physiology of organisms, from how they move to how they process food and how long they can stay underwater,” explains Franklin.

The resulting 5 million individual recordings from the reptiles yielded some surprising findings: “We have had some beautiful results that show that a small increase in water temperature has a huge impact on the crocodiles’ ability to hold their breath underwater,” says Franklin. “We’ve seen crocodiles dive for up to seven hours at a time.”

The study looked at saltwater crocodiles from a tropical river system in Australia, whose body temperatures were found to conform to their aquatic environment, mimicking the temperature of the water.

“That goes against the paradigm for crocodiles in that they bask and warm up,” says Franklin. “That doesn’t seem to be the case with our animals.”

Franklin will be presenting his findings to the World Extreme Medicine Conference in Edinburgh in November, hoping that his research into physiology of crocodiles and other animals could have some future application to medicine.

Conference Founder Mark Hannaford ‘Medicine across the animal kingdom can add so much to the advancement of human medicine and working with Prof. Franklin is part our work to build cognitive links between medical and animal health professionals.

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