NI motorcycle doctor John Hinds dies in Dublin accident

It it with great sadness that I post these two articles, one from BBC News and another from the Ballymena Times.  The BBC News article posts the news side of events, the Ballymena Times Article is much more personal, and written by one of the Doctor’s friends in a way that only someone who knew him would be able to do.

It is enough for me to say that this is a tragic incident that has rocked the motorcycling and Road Racing Communities.  My thought and prayers are with the Doctor’s family and friends.  He save many lives, and impacted on many more.  As is said far too often, ‘It’s always the good ones!’

Please have a look at this petition, it was Dr John’s ambition to see this a reality so very signature helps!

Roy Adams’ tribute to ‘Flying Doctor’ John Hinds
Roy Adams’ tribute to ‘Flying Doctor’ John Hinds

Dr John Hinds in action at Fenton’s Leap during the 2013 Mid Antrim 150 at Clough. Picture: Stephen Davison (Pacemaker).

Roy Adams’ tribute to ‘Flying Doctor’ John Hinds (Original Article can be found at :

I never, in a million years, thought I would have to write this.

As we all know now, Dr. John Hinds, part of the MCUI Medical team, died as a result of a crash at Skerries last weekend.

In a sport where the term ‘legend’ can be defined by the fact that you are recognised by your first name, we have Joey, Robert, William, Michael and, in the same breath, Dr John.

Dr John, whose day job was an anaesthetist in Craigavon Hospital, was recognised at one of the best trauma doctors in the world.

Just a couple of weeks ago I saw him work with Ian Morrell after his crash at Kells.

When he arrived at the scene he asked me how many riders were down. I said ‘Just one. Ian Morrell’. I told him what I had seen. He simply said ‘Good man. Thanks.’

He worked for almost 45 minutes before transferring Ian to a helicopter. Ian is alive now because of that.

What John Hinds did for bike racing can never be overstated.

A few years ago I undertook a solo run round Ireland on my bike to help the MCUI Medical Team.

I was in touch with both Dr Fred McSorley and Dr John a number of times before it and he called me the morning I left to wish me all the best. The call was at 6.00am. He never stopped.

When I crashed myself at Bishopscourt a couple of years ago, I had an ankle and some ribs broken. Just seeing Dr John put me at ease. I knew how good he was.

There are literally dozens of riders who are alive today because of his intervention. He helped to pioneer treatment on scene, and this is, as we know now, often the difference in a fatality or a recovery.

What John Hinds and the rest of the Medical Team have done for bike racing is impossible to quantify.

Doc John was, more recently, growing concerned that Northern Ireland had no medical helicopter service and indeed he had already began to campaign for one to be established, after the time it took to bring one from Sligo to the North West circuit this year. He had already had meetings with various government officials about this.

John, who was just 35 and wasn’t married, had a longtime partner in Janet, who works at Daisy Hill hospital.

I can’t even begin to understand what his family are going through now. I am totally gutted by the news that John had passed away.

I’m sorry, but the ‘died doing what he loved’ notion isn’t enough. Dr John had so much more to give and I have no doubt would have gone on to be a world teacher.

John’s mentor, Dr Fred McSorley had to come out retirement at the weekend to stand in for John.

We can only imagine how hard that must have been for him, but we are thankful that he did.

To Dr John’s family and Dr Fred, Caroline and the rest of the Medical team, I’m so sad, but hoping you can find the strength it takes to carry on in his name.

NI motorcycle doctor John Hinds dies in Dublin accident (The original article can be found here :

Dr John Hinds, one of the so-called “flying doctors” of Irish road racing, has been killed at a motorcycle event in the Republic of Ireland.
He was involved in an accident while providing medical cover at a Skerries 100 practice session, the Motorcycle Union of Ireland said.
Dr Hinds, from Tandragee, was a consultant at Craigavon Hospital Area Hospital in County Armagh.
He regularly worked at the North West 200 motorbike races in County Antrim.
Dr Hinds, who lectured in trauma science, was taken to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, where he died on Saturday.

alysis: BBC reporter Gordon Adair

Dr John Hinds
Dr John Hinds

Dr Hinds attained near legendary status among race fans.
Dr John Hinds and his colleague Dr Fred McSorley, known as the “flying doctors”, have long enjoyed near legendary status among race fans.
The pair would follow racers, travelling very nearly as fast as many of them on their own high-powered bikes.
When riders crashed, invariably Dr Hinds would be there in seconds.
In 2009, he spoke to the BBC about his role.
“Hospital medicine has become very much full of protocols and guidelines – out here it’s a wee bit more ‘seat of your pants’ medicine really,” he said.
“And it’s very rewarding to be able to treat people that way: where you don’t have a sterile operating field and you’re not in a resuscitation bay; you’re very often in a ditch somewhere.”

Dr Hinds had led a campaign for an air ambulance service to be introduced in Northern Ireland and had met with Health Minister Simon Hamilton to discuss the issue.

Mr Hamilton said Dr Hinds was a “lovely guy who will be sadly missed”.

TUV MLA Jim Allister, who backed the air ambulance campaign, said the death of Dr Hinds was deeply shocking.

“He was one of our leading trauma experts. He was driven with a great passion to try and improve the chances of those involved in serious accidents. My thoughts are with his family.

“I do hope as a lasting tribute to him, the government will now push ahead with his ambition to have a proper air ambulance service for Northern Ireland.

“It would be very fitting for Dr Hinds,” he said.

Members of the medical profession have also paid tribute to the Tandragee man.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) tweeted: “Saddened to hear reports of the untimely death of Dr John Hinds – a friend to many in NIAS.”

Members of London’s Air Ambulance service said Mr Hinds “was a true friend and advocate of the air ambulance community”.

Dr John Hinds
Dr John Hinds

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