Trauma doctor Dhushy’s need for speed

Dhushy Kumar with David CoulthardUHCW Consultant Dhushy Surendra Kumar had a unique view of Sunday’s British Grand Prix, when he watched the race from the fast response car at the side of the track.

Dhushy, who works in Critical Care at University Hospital in Coventry, is one of the Chief Medical Officers recognised by the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), the governing body of world motorsport, to lead medical cover for events around the world.

This year Dhushy’s role meant he not only spent the weekend at Silverstone as part of the medical team on track, but was also the doctor assigned by the FIA to the landmark F1 London Live event in Trafalgar Square on Wednesday, July 12. The event saw 100,000 fans descend on the capital to see their favourite drivers and cars, as well as some live music from bands such as Little Mix and the Kaiser Chiefs.

Dhushy, who has been involved in motorsport since 1994, said: “It was a great race and thankfully we weren’t needed on track, although the team in the medical centre were kept busy. I’m always really proud to play a part in the Grand Prix weekend at Silverstone.

“The F1 Live event was also a great experience to be involved in too. The engagement with the public and the chance for them to see the drivers up close and interact with them was fun to be part of, even though we ended up having to run half the length of the course to push Jensen Button’s car back with the crowd’s encouraging shout of ‘Run, Forrest, Run!'”

Photo caption: Dhushy Kumar with David Coulthard at F1 Live London.