5 November 2019 – Robbie Kerry

Assisted dying

Who gets to decide when it’s time to go?

We have no control over our birth; to what extent should we have control over our death? How should we care for those experiencing pain and suffering but for whom there are no cures?

Advances in medicine and improvements in public health mean we are all living much longer, but with that we see an increase in the burden of age-related diseases. Today’s critical care medicine and technology means that we can keep people alive, despite life threatening illnesses and injuries that cause our organs to shut down. But just because we can, does it mean we should?

Should doctors and healthcare professionals seek to prolong life at all costs? What rights do I have to determine what treatments or procedures healthcare professionals should or shouldn’t offer me, and what if I’m no longer able to make my wishes known? What place for living wills? When does "making someone comfortable" stray into euthanasia? And who gets to decide if you are "not for resuscitation"?

Join us for a frank discussion of end of life issues.

Dr Robbie Kerry

Robbie Kerry Graduating from the University of Birmingham in 2002, Robbie undertook specialist training in anaesthesia and critical care in the West Midlands. Alongside hospital work, he was part of a specialist trauma and resuscitation team based with the ambulance service.

Robbie is now head of anaesthetics at the Horton General Hospital, Banbury, which is part of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He has been a consultant there since 2014, providing both paediatric and adult anaesthesia services in theatres and emergency cover for the critical care unit. He also works for an air ambulance company, undertaking international aeromedical repatriation, flying critically ill patients home to the UK from anywhere on the globe.

Outside of work, Robbie is involved in men’s ministry at his local church and helps run Nehemiah Ministries, a Christian charity based in India.