Dr Robin Winch was a general practitioner from Chingford and driving force for immediate care in London as well as in the founding of BASICS.
In 1970 he helped to form the Chingford and District Accident Unit and to lay the foundations of pre-hospital immediate care in London. He fought tirelessly for the acceptance of immediate care as a distinct specialty, and in 1976 a conference took an unexpected turn when he hosted a rebel breakaway meeting in his bedroom at 2 am. The seeds for the British Association for Immediate Care or BASICS were sown.
In 1975 Robin led a team of doctors to the scene of the Moorgate train crash, and to several terrorist and other major incidents that followed. He attended about 200 calls from the ambulance service every year and, perhaps because of his experience as a military police officer during national service, he had a close rapport with the traffic officers at the scenes of accidents.
In 1995 after losing a leg through diabetes, he began helping other amputees to adapt to their new lifestyles. He was also medical adviser to the Great Britain swimming team, and a trained rugby referee. Robin was an enthusiast for extended skills training for ambulance crews,
He was a giant of a man, both in stature and character, who once drove to the east end of London to get some jellied eels for a patient with a terminal illness, much admired by all who knew him and very much a father of immediate care in the UK.