A RESPECTED emergency doctor for the ambulance service has received an MBE from the Queen for his services to emergency medicine.

Dr Malcolm Russell, one of West Midlands Ambulance Service’s medical incident officers was formally invested as a Member of the Order of the British Empire at Windsor Castle on Friday, March 7 after being named in the New Year’s Honours List.

The father-of-two was presented with his award at the castle’s Waterloo Chamber, watched by his proud wife and children.

Dr Russell often responds for West Midlands Ambulance Service as a BASICS emergency doctor as part of the Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS). In addition he has been deployed to natural disasters such as the Japanese Tsunami and Christchurch earthquakes as part of emergency aid and support for those countries.

He said: “I felt honoured to have been presented with my MBE from Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor Castle.

"I was delighted that my family were able to attend as guests. It was an incredible day and I met some amazing people who were also being invested.

“I thought very much about all the good medical work carried out in the West Midlands and how, as many different organisations including the NHS and voluntary services, we manage to work very well together for the sake of our patients, who must always remain our focus."