Advanced Notice - Retirement of Dr Reg Odbert from Aviation Medical Practice on 31 Dec 2019

I take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to all aircrew and medical colleagues whom I have known throughout my involvement in aviation medicine during the past forty years.

I have been fortunate to work with many talented people and to enjoy learning of your varied interesting experiences, and sometimes your difficulties and illnesses too.

On a personal note, I shall miss meeting pilots and ATCOs and catching up with the events in your lives. I will also miss my colleagues, but I am absolutely confident that the team at Aviation Medicals Wessex will always do their very best to provide you with an excellent service.

I feel that the time has come for me to withdraw from Aviation Practice and as I leave AMW at the end of the year I wish everyone on-going success and happiness in 2020 and beyond……

About Us


Dr Reg Odbert - DAvMed, BSc, MB.ChB, FRCGP, FIMC RCS(Edin), MSc (Educ), DRCOG


Reg Odbert went to University in Cardiff and did basic flying training in Wales. He then qualified in medicine in Sheffield in 1976 and subsequently joined the RAF, enjoying a great variety of experiences at home and abroad for sixteen years. He experienced regular operational flying with the RAF SAR helicopter crews for 9 years around the UK and abroad. He went on to study at the Institute of Aviation Medicine in Farnborough, gained the Diploma in Aviation Medicine and became a flight medical officer then Senior Medical Officer. This involved flying with and supporting fast-jet squadrons and the transport fleet and also working in aeromedical evacuation, SAR, and running 24-hour medical facilities.

On leaving the RAF he became a full-time GP and GP-trainer in Dorset and an aviation medical examiner for the CAA based in Christchurch.

Besides aviation his medical interests have always included, general medicine, ophthalmology, and emergency medicine and he has been on 24 hour call for Hampshire Ambulance for many years to provide immediate medical care at the scene of accidents and emergencies.

Reg took prolonged study leave in Cardiff to pursue an MSc in academic medical education in 2003 and then joined the Wessex Deanery team responsible for educating post graduate doctors where he was appointed as GP Associate Dean until April 2014. He has run many courses for GPs and Foundation doctors, been involved in standard-setting, selection and quality assurance and additionally completed training as an appraiser and mentor.

Reg is a family man, married to Beryl and they have three grown-up sons who all went to school locally. He is currently working as a civil aviation medical examiner at Aviation Medicals Wessex based in Christchurch.


Dr Angus Hickish - MBBS, MRCP, MRCGP, DCH, DObs


Dr Angus Hickish (Gus) qualified from Westminster Hospital Medical School in 1976. He obtained Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 1979 and Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 1985.

In 1983 he joined Dr Nick Gamper and Dr Gordon Hickish at the Burton and Bransgore Medical Centres; both were Approved Aero-medical examiners. Gus undertook the General Aviation Medicine course at Farnborough in 1988 and the Advanced course in Aviation Medicine a few years later before joining Nick and Gordon as an AME. In 1995 he attended the FAA course in aviation medicine at Oklahoma and became an FAA approved aero-medical examiner.

He retired from General Practice in 2015 but continues to work in the Neurology Departments of Poole General Hospital and Royal Bournemouth Hospital.


Dr Duane O'Reilly - nMRCGP BM DGM DFSRH DRCOG DCH PgCert Med Ed UK CAA and FAA


Duane qualified in Medicine from the University of Southampton (2004) and has been practicing as an NHS General Practitioner since becoming a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2008. He is an Aeromedical Examiner for both EASA, UK CAA and The Federal Aviation Authority FAA.

He enjoys family medicine and has three young children to keep him busy. He also trains junior doctors to become GPs. In fact, Dr. Odbert trained him to become a GP when he was a junior doctor himself!

Duane has always had a general interest in Aviation and nothing pleases him more than to combine this with his medical practice. He particularly enjoyed the 737-800 simulator training as part of his Aeromedical qualification. 

He is quite sporty and participates in triathlons and marathons at home and abroad. The latest was running the Mont Blanc Marathon and London Triathlon. He enjoys activity holidays including cycling and regular ski trips.

Duane is really pleased to join the team and looks forward to meeting new pilots and crew.


Dr Hugh Cummin - BSc MBBS MRCGP DAvMed

Hugh studied Medicine and Aerospace Physiology at Kings College London, qualifying as a doctor in 2011. He went on to Charing Cross and Ealing hospitals, working in specialties including cardiology, orthopaedics and acute medicine, before moving to Dorset to train as a General Practitioner.

Hugh qualified in Aerospace Physiology with a first-class degree and undertook research with the military looking into the effects of hypoxia on pilot performance. He has also worked at PUCRS Microgravity Centre, Brazil, on a research project investigating methods of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to be used on the International Space Station. He holds the Diploma in Aviation Medicine.

Hugh lives in Dorset with his wife, daughters and Nelly, the Italian Spinone


Senior Nurse Tufty Hawkins


Fulmar Hawkins known as Tufty qualified as a registered general nurse from Dorset School of Nursing in 1990. She then worked as a staff nurse for the medical directorate at Royal Bournemouth General Hospital and the former Royal Victoria Hospital – covering general medical with GI high dependency /dermatology/respiratory /rehab and acute admissions unit.

In 2009 she joined Dr Nick Gamper , Dr Gus Hickish and Dr Gordon Hickish at Aviation medicals Wessex limited as their aviation nurse.

Tufty also works in Burton and Bransgore Medical centre as a general practice nurse specialising in respiratory disease management, and she has an interest in general health promotion and learning disabilities health care.

She has qualifications in Asthma management, performing Spirometry and NHS cardiovascular health checks.

2015 saw changes to Aviation Medicals Wessex limited which became a combination of Curlew Scientific Limited – Dr Angus Hickish and Bluesky aviation Medicals limited – Dr Reg Odbert. Tufty continues as the aviation nurse and is responsible for the day to day admin for the four Aeromedical Examiners.