Making The Rounds With The E-Bike Doctor | E-MTBs In The Workplace

Making The Rounds With The E-Bike Doctor | E-MTBs In The Workplace


– I know what you’re thinking, he’s been overdoing it. However, in between visits from people who have got say diabetes, from
heart failure to depression, Rowena, my doctor, also
has to go out and about and visit people who are frail or maybe people who are dying. In that respect she has to get to some very out of the way places. And it just so happens, she
uses an E-bike to get there. (uplifting music) (electrical chiming) So we’re going to be
following Rowena today in her place of work and we’re
going to be asking the question, is it possible to use your
E-bike in your place of work? Is it practical, is it faster? And, like I said, is it even possible? But surely, if a doctor can do
it, then anybody can, right? Yeah, don’t worry, I won’t
be let loose on the patients. Now, it’s not just Rowena
who is increasingly using her E-bike for work, we are seeing the Swiss mountain rescue,
we’re seeing the military we’re seeing the paramedic just down the road here at BikePark Wales. We’re seeing bike coaches and
that’s even before going into the whole business about E-cargo bikes. Right before we go out I’m
going to put my coat on because it’s absolutely hammering it down with rain out there. Now Rowena has just
finished her morning surgery and now it’s time, Rowena,
to go out and about to visit your patients
right, who maybe can’t get to the surgery and maybe
as you said are dying. – That’s right. – You’re not going to go
out like that are you? – No, no I’m not going to go
out like that and you know that’s one of the down sides
of going on an E-mountain bike, ’cause I try and cut through the woods. I was worried the patients
would be a bit unkeen on me turning up covered in mud but actually I’ve got some waterproof
bottoms so I can just slip off and then I’m clean and dry
underneath, same with my coat. And the patients seem
pretty happy me turning up with a bit of mud all over my face. They don’t seem to mind. – Yeah so we live in a
pretty much rural area. Now some of the network
of roads in here actually makes it faster possibly
to go on an E-bike than it would be in a car right? – I’d say definitely yeah. – [Steve] I mean our
first stop is in a place called Pen Y Fan, that’s
not in the Brecon Beacons and then we go down the valley. To do that in a car is
quite a round about way, whereas on an E-bike you can simply just cut through can’t you? – [Rowena] Yeah straight
through the middle. – [Steve] Yeah – [Rowena] Beautiful, beautiful woods. You know, what’s not to like. – I got to ask you, why on
earth did you actually choose to use an E-mountain bike
when you could be cooched up into your nice warm air-conditioned car. – Well lots of reasons really,
I guess the real trigger was the environment and this sort
of drive that we’ve all got to try and do something. You know, do something
individually and hopefully the bigger picture things
will improve a bit. There’s massive floods
everywhere at the moment which is probably driven
by climate change. So only to get out of the car,
onto the bike and also speed, I cover a massive
geography here in Trelleck. Generally speaking, if
it’s a routine visit, I think I’m going to be
just as quick on an E-bike as I am in the car. – On the subject of the bike,
now I’ve seen some doctors in the city environments
using E-bikes but obviously out here in the hells
wells you’ve got to use a mountain bike right. – [Rowena] Yeah that’s what I reckon. – [Steve] Yeah. – The roads are, even the
roads are covered in sort of leaves and snow this morning. So I think extra grippy tires
and getting through the woods, that’s the joy of it. – Yeah and I guess
coming back to the route, I mean often there’s lots
of tractors on the lanes, probably blocking the road and
that can be quite frustrating for you I guess right? – Yeah so you know, you can
nip past anything on this, it’s easy. – Now this is the bit I’ve
really been looking forward to, what Rowena is actually going
to take with her on this ride to see her patients. Ro, what do you got to pack,
you’re not going to take that leather bag right? – Not going to take my nice
– The more blonk bag. – Briefcase, no, um. I mean when I go in the car I’ve got a massive great doctors
bag full of tons of kit. But actually you don’t use a lot of it. And because you know who
you’re going to go and see, you know what you need to take. So little rucksack, good
old doctor’s basics. Your stethoscope. – Oh it’s called a
stethoscope, not a parascope. – Not a parascope. (laughing) – A sphygmomanometer. – What’s uh, what’s that
thing, is it called otoscope where you look into your ears? – Thermometer, octgometer and
yes you need your oroscope. – Oroscope! – And some earpieces for it. – Wow and that’s it? – And that’s, but well,
medications so you know what kind of meds you need to
take so take those with you as well ’cause we’re a dispensing
practice and good to go. – I’m not being funny Ro right but I mean, you got all like here,
there’s some basics in there, as a doctor you should
know you should be taking? You need to be looking at a tube and a pump, country kit, water, I mean. – Chest drain, no we’re good. We’re good I’m a GP. – Right let’s go have a
look, let’s go have a look at some of the trails
then that Rowena rides on around the Wye Valley to see her patients. (uplifting strings music) So Ro, tell us about
the route that we’ve got and the patients we’re
going to see today then. – We’ve got three visits to
do, um couple of patients in their own homes and we’re
going to go to a residential home. It’s about 10 miles I
think, 1500 feet of climbing and should take about an hour. – Road, off-road? – It’s pretty much all off-road. – Yes! – Got waterproof jacket which
is really essential today. Sometimes I wear waterproof
trousers which I can just whip off before I go
into the patient’s houses so I’m not filthy. Good stout shoes, gloves, helmet of course and got my kit on my back. So actually it’s pretty straightforward, I’m good to go in five minutes. (uplifting strings music) – Right here we go then
Rowena, out into the wild. – Perfect weather for it. – Absolutely horrendous. – Let’s go. (slow chill step music) Here we are. (bike braking) – Stop one? – This is it. – I got seasoned bike
here, it powered away, you absolutely hammer it
down there way ahead of me. Now obviously I know this
area as well as you do, that wasn’t actually that much slower than it would’ve been in a car. – [Rowena] No. – [Steve] ‘Cause we pretty
much did the big, across. – [Rowena] We cut of a triangle and it’s an awful lot more fun. – Yeah, well. (laughing) Copy that. So this is stop number one
Ro, what’s the situation here? – So this is a lady who’s
got an elderly relative who’s come to stay. She’s taken a bit of a tumble, I think everything’s probably fine but I’m just popping in to make sure. – Okay cool. – Save an ambulance hopefully. – Well I’ll let you pop in, I’ll try and warm my hands somehow so I’ll see you in a minute yeah. – Take care. – Okay. – I won’t be long. (door knocking) Dr Christmas, only me! (rain falling) – Oh crikey, I tell you
what it’s definitely a one-person job I think. ‘Cause I can’t be hanging about
in this cold but then again, if you think about it, I guess those guys, people on mountain rescue when you know, they’re out in horrendous conditions. – Yeah this is nothing
compared to that is it? – Yeah. And I’ve got a friend who
recently down at BikePark Wales, there’s a guy using a electric
bike to get to the situations because it’s simply
quicker that running up – For sure
– or walking up there. – Or getting a Land Rover around the long way around
– Yeah so it’s definitely good too for a job isn’t it? – It’s the business, I love it. – Right what’s next then,
I think we need to get some single track. I bet you you ride single track when you’re doing this
round usually right? – We do, so we’re going to go
to the local residential home which is just down the valley down there. And we’ve got a beautiful
cut through the woods to get there. – Cool. (slow chill step music) Nice side wind oh I like it! (laughing) (leaves crunching) (bike braking) Nice that move again! Well traffic’s horrendous today. – I know those deer! – I’d say I’ll nearly
come into the surgery with a cold or a flu here
in a few week’s time. – No it’s good for you this. – Actually do people come in
with colds and flu anymore? – They definitely do but
they’re not very likely to get to see me, they
tend to see our nurse who does a fantastic job looking after that kind of minor illness. I get the more complicated stuff. – Okay so are we probably going to see some complicated stuff now? – Yeah for sure, lots of
that at the residential home. – Down-hill track or fire road? I think maybe fire road today. – Yeah.
– Pretty rocky. (chill step music) Well these are pretty wild
conditions to be doing a doctor’s round though but Ro, not a bad place to work right? – Best place in the world. – I’m going to point out one
thing, I really think you need to get mudguards on your bike. – Are you suggesting my
back’s muddy like yours? (chill step music) – [Steve] Yeah! – Yes! – [Steve] How was that? That’s pretty much a river bed. – I’m pretty chuffed with that. – So we just like swapped
bikes for just a bit of banter. (chill step music) What’s the treatment for not
being able to feeling fingers? – Warming them up again. (laughing) – So here we are in the
beautiful wide valley. (chill step music) Oh! So this is the priory and no, it’s not what you’re thinking,
this is not admissions, this is Ro going for a visit. Ro I got to say, there
is no way you can go into this place like that. – I am in a bit of a
state so I’m just going to slip my shorts of and turn myself into an immaculate looking doctor again. – Seriously?
– Yeah. – Let me have your bike here then. – Okay. – Are you going to go
behind the car or something? – I just whizz around the
corner and whizz ’em off. (laughing) Right. Almost good to go. – I mean you haven’t been
E-biking for long have you? Can you see the physical
benefit of going E-biking. – Unquestionably I mean
any exercise really I think if we all did half an
hour’s exercise every day I’d have an empty waiting room rather than a chock-a-block waiting room. So I guess for me, it keeps
me fit and healthy physically and mentally and if people see
me out and about doing that then they might think,
perhaps I’ll have a go too. – Yeah so an inspirational doctor. An inside then into how
Dr Christmas relieves a bit of stress, gets some
fitness in and does her bit to counter global warming in
this time of extreme weather. I’m sure there’s loads of
you who actually do use your E-bike for work so
let us know your comments, let us know what you guys
are doing on your E-bikes. And Ro thanks for taking us around on that pretty off-road
route actually today. – Absolute pleasure. – Can’t wait to do it again in the summer. – Yeah. – Thanks for watching and
don’t forget to hit the globe, subscribe to EMBN and give us thumbs up if you like this very cold video. Ro, thanks. (laughing)