‘Bikes are so much bet­ter than cars!’

Dr Rosie Furse has been Chief Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer with BEMSEE Rac­ing Club for over a decade ‘We cre­ated some ‘I’ve been brave’ stick­ers as a bit of a joke but rid­ers love them’

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“I got in­volved in mo­tor­sport med­i­cal work around 2001. I lived in West­ern Aus­tralia for a year and they were short of doc­tors for the World Rally Cham­pi­onship and I re­ally en­joyed it. When I moved back I lived near Sil­ver­stone so I got in­volved there.

“BEMSEE came to Sil­ver­stone and they needed an­other doc­tor and I was like ‘oh my god bikes are so much bet­ter than cars’. I took over the Chief Med­i­cal po­si­tion in 2003.

“There have been some fairly big crashes but we’ve man­aged to build up a re­ally com­pre­hen­sive med­i­cal team. The equip­ment now is on a par with any of the air am­bu­lances in ser­vice around the coun­try. We’ve even got our own ul­tra­sound ma­chine! The equip­ment that we take with us to the dif­fer­ent cir­cuits al­lows us to patch up the rid­ers enough for them to be able to get to their lo­cal hos­pi­tal rather than hav­ing to be ad­mit­ted to the one near the cir­cuit – which hope­fully makes a mas­sive dif­fer­ence to them and their fam­i­lies. “One of the in­valu­able mem­bers of the team is Alan Phillpott, who has been the BEMSEE lead para­medic for all my time as Chief Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer – and I re­ally couldn’t have de­vel­oped the med team into what it is today with­out his help and sup­port. He never gets the recog­ni­tion he de­serves. “We cre­ated some ‘I’ve been brave’ stick­ers as a joke to give to in­jured rid­ers as a badge of shame to wear back to the pad­dock af­ter they’d been dis­charged. In­stead they be­came a bit of a badge of hon­our and we even do them in more than one colour so peo­ple end up col­lect­ing them on their fair­ings or hel­mets! “We do get paid, but not very much – and I even did it for a cou­ple of years for free when the eco­nomic slump was at its worst.”

there With­out peo­ple like Dr Rosie would be no rac­ing at week­ends

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