Dr Simon Leigh-Smith




Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Defence Medical Services & NHS Lothian

Surgeon Commander Royal Navy 

Clinical Lead for Pre-Hospital Care and Medic 1

Simon graduated from Liverpool in 1990 and had a varied training / experience including Commando, Para, GP, Emergency Medicine and Pre-Hospital/Retrieval before Consultant appointment in 2006. He has worked in Liverpool, Plymouth, Edinburgh, Portsmouth, London, Sydney, Kuwait, Iraq, Belize, Norway, Antarctic, South Atlantic, Iraq and Afghanistan.

He is ‘virtually fluent’ in French and is hoping that now the RN and French Navy share an aircraft carrier he may get more chance to practice.

He has a strong interest in Tension Pneumothorax, Human Factors in team working and the delivery of excellent pre-hospital care to major trauma and critical illness. 

He loves all the usual ‘adventure sports’ but after he sailed around Cape Horn his wife and 2 daughters were glad to hear that he no longer wanted to sail around the world!

He tries to exercise his Hungarian Vizsla (dog) whilst mountain biking but often feels guilty leaving her behind to go for long road rides….. 

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