A recently recruited air ambulance doctor has said he’s ‘thrilled’ to be part of an Earls Colne based life-saving charity.

Chris King was one of the first two medical students to do a placement with the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) in 2010 and will now teach a new generation of life-savers.

The work placement had left such an impression on him that he was determined to one day return as a fully qualified doctor, and nine years later he’s achieved his goal.

Dr King, 32, said: “I'm thrilled to be returning to EHAAT nearly a decade after I was lucky enough to train with the Charity as a medical student.

“Opportunities to gain any pre-hospital experience back then were extremely limited.

“The team were so welcoming and really inspired me to learn more about caring for critically ill patients.

“I've spent the past 9 years training as an anaesthetist and have been waiting for the day I could return to EHAAT as a flight doctor.

“During that time EHAAT has welcomed me back for further observer shifts, clinical governance days and its excellent annual conference.”

The EHAAT now take on medical students from Cambridge, Barts, the London and Anglia Ruskin universities, and students from all over the world.

Dr King added: “Over the past 10 years EHAAT’s medical student training has expanded rapidly. I'm really looking forward to help train and inspire the next generation of prehospital care providers.”