Rhys Thomas


Army Consultant Anaesthetist with 16 Air Assault Medical Regiment. Specialising in Pre-Hospital Care and Trauma.

When not deployed he is an Honorary Consultant at the Royal London working in the Trauma unit and the Emergency Theatres. He is also an Honorary Consultant Anaesthetist at Queen Victoria’s Hospital East Grinstead specialising in Burns, Plastic and difficult airway anaesthesia.

Born in Llandeilo, Wales and speaks the language of heaven. Trained at the Royal Free Hospital, London and qualified in 1995. Joined the Army in 1999 after a period of time working in ED in Cairns, Australia. Started life in the Parachute Regiment after completing ‘P’ company selection for Airborne Forces and stayed in the Airborne Brigade ever since. Has now completed 10 operational tours including deployments to Northern Ireland, Sierra Leone on Op Barras, Iraq on Telic 1 (with 23 Squ 16 Med) and three tours so far to Afghanistan on Jacana and Herrick 8 and 11.

His main specialist interest is in Trauma where he completed a arduous Trauma Fellowship at the world renowned R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Centre, Baltimore. Since then he continues his Trauma interest at Royal London and regular tours to Afghanistan with the Army.

His main specialist interests have been Massive transfusion and management of trauma coagulopathy. He was the co-author of the Military’s Massive Transfusion algorithm and has recently published articles on the subject in the British Medical Journal and Journal of Current Opinion in Critical Care.

He is currently working for an MD looking into the Use Of Erythropoietin in Trauma/ Blast.

When he is not doing medicine you can usually find him doing Triathlon. Where he has regularly competed Nationally and Internationally including a 7th fastest UK place at the IronMan World championships Hawaii and a 5th at the European Triathlon Champs.