Hi, I’m Hannah.
I am a British doctor and mountaineer living and working on the edge of Snowdonia National Park, Wales.
I am a General Practice Speciality Registrar and Expedition Doctor with a special interest in trekking and mountaineering in high altitude mountain environments.
I graduated from the University of Leeds with a BSc Honours in Chemistry before graduating in Medicine at the University of Warwick. During this time I spent six weeks working in India in the contrasting settings of a large, private hospital in Delhi followed by a mobile clinic providing much needed basic health care resources to communities in remote mountain villages.
I later gained speciality postgraduate training by completing the Diploma in Mountain Medicine, a demanding year-long programme teaching and assessing the theoretical and practical knowledge of illnesses and injuries occurring in the mountain environment. Assessment included winter and Alpine mountaineering skills, tested in Scotland and the Swiss Alps respectively.
I have worked at Ysbyty Gwynedd (Bangor hospital) since 2016 gaining experience in a range of specialties, focusing on Emergency Medicine (EM) for the last two years. In August 2020 I started General Practice (GP) training with a long-term aim to work in General Practice and Emergency Medicine (part-time) alongside my expedition work.
Event & Expedition Medicine
I began providing medical cover for UK based trail ultra marathon events in 2015 and went on to cover mountain marathons as far afield as the Nepal Himalaya. In the last few years I have focused on supporting groups on remote, high altitude trekking and mountaineering expeditions. I thrive on empowering people to push their limits whilst providing them with the reassurance of experienced medical back-up.
I have experience in independently managing casualties with Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and organising the evacuation and treatment of casualties with suspected High Altitude Cerebral Oedema (HACE) and High Altitude Pulmonary Oedema (HAPE), from remote and hostile environments.
I am passionate about sharing mountain medicine knowledge to expedition members. Whenever possible on expedition I give informal tutorial style talks on topics such as Altitude Physiology and Illness, Hypothermia and Heat Illness. I enjoy tailoring the information to the group and promoting discussion.
I am available for expedition work – please get in touch if you wish to discuss this.
I am a member of the Birmingham Medical Research and Expeditionary Society (BMRES), an active and influential group in altitude medicine research that has published over 200 articles since 1976. I have participated on altitude research expeditions in Ecuador and India with the BMRES in which I was both research assistant and study participant, subjected to daily urine tests, blood tests and exercise tests. In Ecuador I also developed and ran a study evaluating the effects of altitude on cognitive function.
I am passionate about teaching mountain medicine and can provide tailored lectures and interactive workshops for medical professionals, outdoor professionals and lay people.
I was part of the teaching faculty at the 2019 BMC/BMMS (British Medical Council/British Mountain Medicine Society) Mountain Medicine Weekend. I ran workshops for non-medics (many of whom were outdoor professionals) on both Primary Survey for Casualty Assessment and Hypothermia Management.
I am available for talks and workshops – please get in touch if you’re interested.
Personal Travel & Mountaineering
I have worked, travelled and climbed in 26 countries across 6 continents.
My parents introduced me to outdoor adventures; hill walking, camping, rock climbing and skiing as a young child. I have a particular fondness for the French Alps where my Alpine mountaineering adventures began with my father in 2008. Since then I have explored further afield into the world’s greater mountain ranges in personal and professional capacities.
I hold the summer Mountain Leader certificate. When I’m not working you can find me walking, running, scrambling, climbing, cycling and swimming in the local mountains and lakes of Snowdonia, usually accompanied by my partner, Tom and our dog, Dylan.