‘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’
“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