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Yesterday saw our Managing Director at RTC Medical Solutions become the latest person to join the Blood and Transplant donor register.  Following a meeting with James he states that “In my personal opinion, becoming a donor should be compulsory as Blood and Organ donations are desperately needed every day across the UK.


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A125 visits the Queen Mary 2 – Repatriation

A125 visits the Queen Mary 2 – Repatriation

We have seen some amazing sites across the UK and Europe with Event Medical Cover and Repatriation services.  However, this has to be one of the most amazing journeys we have had and probably best backdrop pictures yet.  Although A125 is one of our bigger A&E ambulances, it was dwarfed by the amazing Queen Mary 2.


Our aim is to provide an excellent level of care.  We also aim to ensure that your time with us is as pleasant as possible.  RTC Medical Solutions help hundreds of people every year get the care and transport they need to and from places of care.

Contact us now for more information on the services we provide.


Event Medical Services – Diabetes Type 1 or 2, do you know the difference?

Event Medical Services – Diabetes Type 1 or 2, do you know the difference?

Event Medical Services - Diabetes Type 1 or 2, do you know the difference?

Event Medical Services – Diabetes Type 1 or 2, do you know the difference?

Type 1 and type 2 diabetes have different causes.  Whilst both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are characterised by having higher than normal blood sugar levels, the cause and development of the conditions are different.  Event Medical Services – Diabetes Type 1 or 2, do you know the difference?

It’s not always clear what type of diabetes someone has, despite what many people think.  For instance, the typical assumption is that people with type 2 diabetes will be overweight and not inject insulin, while people with type 1 diabetes will be, if anything, underweight.  But these perceptions just aren’t always true. Around 20% of people with type 2 diabetes are of a healthy weight when diagnosed, and many of them are dependent on insulin.  Similarly, people with type 1 diabetes will in some cases be overweight.

Because both types of diabetes can be so varied and unpredictable, it’s often difficult to know which type of diabetes someone has.

If someone is overweight have they got Diabetes?

It’s not safe to assume that an overweight person with high blood glucose levels has type 2 diabetes, because the cause of their condition might in fact be attributable to type 1.  In some cases, when the type of diabetes is in doubt, your health team may need to carry out specialised tests to work out which type of diabetes you have. This way, they can recommend the most appropriate treatment for your diabetes.
Common differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes.  Despite the uncertainty that often surrounds a diagnosis of diabetes, there are a few common characteristics of each diabetes type.

These differences are based on generalisations – exceptions are common. For instance, the perception of type 1 diabetes isn’t strictly true: many cases are diagnosed in adulthood.

This information should be seen as a rough guide to the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes, rather than hard and fast rules.

Common differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes Type 1 Diabetes Type 2 Diabetes

Type 1:
Often diagnosed in childhood
Not associated with excess body weight
Often associated with higher than normal ketone levels at diagnosis
Treated with insulin injections or insulin pump
Cannot be controlled without taking insulin

Type 2
Usually diagnosed in over 30 year olds
Often associated with excess body weight
Often associated with high blood pressure and/or cholesterol levels at diagnosis
Is usually treated initially without medication or with tablets
Sometimes possible to come off diabetes medication

How type 1 diabetes develops

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, which means it results from the immune system mistakenly attacking parts of the body. In the case of type 1 diabetes, the immune system incorrectly targets insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. Nobody knows why this occurs, or how to stop it. The immune systems of people with type 1 diabetes continue to attack beta cells until the pancreas is incapable of producing insulin.

People with type 1 diabetes need to inject themselves with insulin to compensate for the death of their beta cells. Everyone with type 1 diabetes is insulin-dependent.

How type 2 diabetes develops

Type 2 diabetes is different. The autoimmune systems of people with type 2 diabetes don’t attack beta cells. Instead, type 2 diabetes is characterised by the body losing its ability to respond to insulin. This is known as insulin resistance.

The body compensates for the ineffectiveness of its insulin by producing more, but it can’t always produce enough. Over time, the strain placed on the beta cells by this level of insulin production can destroy them, diminishing insulin production.
Type 2 diabetes and insulin injections

People with type 2 diabetes may need to take insulin injections, usually for one of two main reasons:

Low sensitivity to insulin: The more excess body weight we carry, the less sensitive we are to insulin. Being insensitive to insulin means insulin doesn’t reduce blood glucose levels as much as it should. People with low insulin sensitivity often need to be injected with insulin to avoid hyperglycemia.
Beta cell failure: If you develop insulin resistance, you need more of it to keep your blood glucose levels stable. More insulin production means more work for the pancreas. Over time, the beta cells can become burnt out by the constant strain, and stop producing insulin altogether. Eventually, you can get to a similar situation as someone with type 1 diabetes, in which your body is incapable of producing the amount of insulin you need to keep blood glucose levels under control. Insulin injections are necessary in these situations.

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Event Medical Services – Diabetes Type 1 or 2, do you know the difference?

Information from Diabetes UK


Thank you so much for the opportunity to complete this course under your training. To say the least, you were fantastic and the way you delivered it was great. Not only did you teach what was needed, you added information that may be useful toward the future medical care we will be providing. Also, your personality, confidence and experience make you a great trainer, this helped significantly to make the training experience more enjoyable. Although it was stressful at times as I struggle to retain information right away, the way you broke things down helped me to understand and learn more effectively.

S Parry

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J HammersleyEvent Cover 2017

What can I say? If Carling made Paramedics… See you again in 2018 and thank you for a top service.

R FranksMotocross Finals

After being let down by ** **** we were desperate for medical cover at our event. I was lucky enough to stumble across RTC Medical Solutions. WOW, just WOW! What a team!! Great service, great attitude, smart, punctual, friendly and experienced. Can’t express how impressed we are by their professionalism. Thanks for providing an exceptional service.

P LuiNational Football Championship

‘ We would not consider engaging any other team to look after our 100+ kids at our kart race events across the UK,
professional, compassionate, caring, faultlessly reliable and cost effective too’

Graham SimeNatska Director

James Shemmeld at RTC Medical Solutions is an asset to our club for his professionalism and high standards in his specialist area of work, all of which came to the fore when dealing with one of our runners who I can say is now fully recovered.

H Singh

I just wanted to thank you all for helping get my dad back to the UK. You made the whole trip worry and hassle free and nothing was too much trouble. You are a credit to the ambulance service, thank you x

M WilliamsRepatriation

Your team are a credit to the event sector! After being let down last minute RTC Medical supplied us with 3 crewed emergency ambulances for our event. We can’t thank you enough

Simon JohnsAwesome!!!

The team at RTC went that extra 1000 miles. My son was injured in Benidorm and unable to travel by air. James and the team really pulled the rabbit out of the hat for us with an ambulance journey non-stop home. Not only was the journey smooth and trouble free, they also provided a DVD player, food and drinks for the entire journey. Thank you so much for everything, we will never forget everything you did for us.

Mrs B

I would like to express my sincere thanks to the medical team who repatriated me back to the UK after a jet ski accident. Your service was top notch. Thank you so so much.

Thomas WRepatritaion