Blackburn medics could fly to conflict zones

Army doctors operating in a Field Hospital are in the frontline of conflict zones.

Army doctors operating in a Field Hospital are in the frontline of conflict zones.

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

SEVERAL medics at the Royal Blackburn Hospital could soon be drafted into conflict zones around the world after offering their services to the Army reserve unit.

Personnel from the 207 (Manchester) Field Hospital held a successful recruitment event at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) this week, signing up a number of health care professionals and support staff who were eager to take on a new challenge in their spare time.

The unit, which has drawn from health workers in Greater Manchester and Lancashire since the Boer War, provided substantial medical support in the two World Wars, as well as more recent conflicts such as the Gulf War, Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Kosovo.

Its last deployment was to Afghanistan where its reservists ran the field hospital in Camp Bastion, which was considered at the time to be the busiest trauma hospital in the world.

Warrant officer Ian Jolley said: “To ensure that 207 are able to provide the very best care for our service personnel and civilians injured in military operations, we need to recruit NHS staff from right across the spectrum of acute care.

“The list of specialties required in a Field Hospital is extensive. As well as doctors and nurses, we need health care assistants, pharmacy technicians and pharmacists, radiographers, laboratory technicians, theatre staff and of course sisters, matrons and consultants.”

He said the unit is an ‘essential part of the Army Medical Services Reserve’ and is trained to provide hospital treatment and care anywhere in the world in support of our armed forces and allies.

Fully deployed, a Field Hospital provides an emergency department, operating theatres, ITU beds, recovery wards and a full range of diagnostic services and other clinical departments.

Anecdotally, there are 17-20 ELHT staff registered with 207 Field Hospital who include staff nurses, porter, Emergency Care Practitioner and physiotherapist. Over 10 signed-up yesterday and more are registering interest.

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3:50pm Fri 22 Aug 14

amanda69 says...

need to think bout us before goin round world bad enough the hospital havin bad rep
need to think bout us before goin round world bad enough the hospital havin bad rep amanda69
  • Score: 22

5:56pm Fri 22 Aug 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Oh so I take it then that we are overboard with medical staff in Blackburn.
NHS Trust take a grip NOW.
Oh so I take it then that we are overboard with medical staff in Blackburn. NHS Trust take a grip NOW. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: 13

6:53pm Fri 22 Aug 14

The Epicurian says...

Surely they could just drive to Shadsworth and Stoops estates.
Surely they could just drive to Shadsworth and Stoops estates. The Epicurian
  • Score: 11

7:26pm Fri 22 Aug 14

mavrick says...

The trouble is the quality of some staff at the RBH is poor and is not being addressed. How this hospital has come out of special measures is a complete mystery to me. I fully support our armed forces. However this coalition has sacked the best and replaced them with weekend warriors, we have aircraft carriers but no planes to fly off them as we sold the harriers, we sacked RAF trainee pilots a few months before they completed their training, we have slashed full time forces medics. So we are dependent on an NHS which has been so badly managed by so many governments that our Hospitals are short staffed and all the top clinicians have gone into private practice or emigrated. This country is almost defenseless and unable to take care of it's sick people. perhaps we need a complete overhaul of the civil servants if a change of government comes in.
The trouble is the quality of some staff at the RBH is poor and is not being addressed. How this hospital has come out of special measures is a complete mystery to me. I fully support our armed forces. However this coalition has sacked the best and replaced them with weekend warriors, we have aircraft carriers but no planes to fly off them as we sold the harriers, we sacked RAF trainee pilots a few months before they completed their training, we have slashed full time forces medics. So we are dependent on an NHS which has been so badly managed by so many governments that our Hospitals are short staffed and all the top clinicians have gone into private practice or emigrated. This country is almost defenseless and unable to take care of it's sick people. perhaps we need a complete overhaul of the civil servants if a change of government comes in. mavrick
  • Score: 7

8:01pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Crispy Bacon says...

mavrick wrote:
The trouble is the quality of some staff at the RBH is poor and is not being addressed. How this hospital has come out of special measures is a complete mystery to me. I fully support our armed forces. However this coalition has sacked the best and replaced them with weekend warriors, we have aircraft carriers but no planes to fly off them as we sold the harriers, we sacked RAF trainee pilots a few months before they completed their training, we have slashed full time forces medics. So we are dependent on an NHS which has been so badly managed by so many governments that our Hospitals are short staffed and all the top clinicians have gone into private practice or emigrated. This country is almost defenseless and unable to take care of it's sick people. perhaps we need a complete overhaul of the civil servants if a change of government comes in.
Quite staggering generalisation there based on limited to no background knowledge whatsoever. It looks to me like you got most of that from the Daily Heil or the Daily Getsworse.

I counted six significant points you made in that above posting that are completely and provably wrong. But to pick you up on the most glaring one; give me the name of ONE 'top clinician' who's gone into private practice or emigrated. Not ANY clinician, the TOP clinician. As only the truly incompetent go into private practice, anyone paying privately for someone who doesn't also operate in the NHS at all is buying a heap load of problems for themselves.
[quote][p][bold]mavrick[/bold] wrote: The trouble is the quality of some staff at the RBH is poor and is not being addressed. How this hospital has come out of special measures is a complete mystery to me. I fully support our armed forces. However this coalition has sacked the best and replaced them with weekend warriors, we have aircraft carriers but no planes to fly off them as we sold the harriers, we sacked RAF trainee pilots a few months before they completed their training, we have slashed full time forces medics. So we are dependent on an NHS which has been so badly managed by so many governments that our Hospitals are short staffed and all the top clinicians have gone into private practice or emigrated. This country is almost defenseless and unable to take care of it's sick people. perhaps we need a complete overhaul of the civil servants if a change of government comes in.[/p][/quote]Quite staggering generalisation there based on limited to no background knowledge whatsoever. It looks to me like you got most of that from the Daily Heil or the Daily Getsworse. I counted six significant points you made in that above posting that are completely and provably wrong. But to pick you up on the most glaring one; give me the name of ONE 'top clinician' who's gone into private practice or emigrated. Not ANY clinician, the TOP clinician. As only the truly incompetent go into private practice, anyone paying privately for someone who doesn't also operate in the NHS at all is buying a heap load of problems for themselves. Crispy Bacon
  • Score: 14

4:56pm Sat 23 Aug 14

woolywords says...

The Territorials have, for a lot of years, given service to this country and often serve alongside the Regular forces. All service branches have these people, as a back-up to them and sometimes, serve side-by-side, in direct conflict areas. To denigrate their service, such as being done here, is to truly belittle these people and is wholly undeserved.
As many know, I'm not the greatest fan of BRH but it's never about the front-line staffs but more the mismanagement that pretend to lead them. You have to realise that, when troops are sent to frontline operations, reservists are used to breech the whole that redeployment creates. This is where our TAVR go and do a brilliant job at it.
And let's face it, when you are injured, you really don't care whether you are treated by really competent triage nurse from BRH, used to dealing with the aftermath of a drunken knife fight or top ranking RAMC Rupert.
...
As a country, we no longer need nor can afford an huge standing army, so therefore, we do the best we can, with what we've got and need the volunteers, to have a go.
We 'old sweats' might call them all the names under the Sun but, it just makes them mad enough to do better and I would have any of them alongside me, any day.
And don't forget, the Accy Pals of yesterday, are the Doilies of today..
Still volunteering, and 'making a brew', at every given opportunity!
The Territorials have, for a lot of years, given service to this country and often serve alongside the Regular forces. All service branches have these people, as a back-up to them and sometimes, serve side-by-side, in direct conflict areas. To denigrate their service, such as being done here, is to truly belittle these people and is wholly undeserved. As many know, I'm not the greatest fan of BRH but it's never about the front-line staffs but more the mismanagement that pretend to lead them. You have to realise that, when troops are sent to frontline operations, reservists are used to breech the whole that redeployment creates. This is where our TAVR go and do a brilliant job at it. And let's face it, when you are injured, you really don't care whether you are treated by really competent triage nurse from BRH, used to dealing with the aftermath of a drunken knife fight or top ranking RAMC Rupert. ... As a country, we no longer need nor can afford an huge standing army, so therefore, we do the best we can, with what we've got and need the volunteers, to have a go. We 'old sweats' might call them all the names under the Sun but, it just makes them mad enough to do better and I would have any of them alongside me, any day. And don't forget, the Accy Pals of yesterday, are the Doilies of today.. Still volunteering, and 'making a brew', at every given opportunity! woolywords
  • Score: 4

6:34pm Sat 23 Aug 14

zabby says...

Bring everyone home ,and let the mutters self destruct
Bring everyone home ,and let the mutters self destruct zabby
  • Score: 3

10:03pm Sat 23 Aug 14

mavrick says...

Crispy Bacon wrote:
[Crispy, you never cease to amaze me, did you actually expect me to publish names of clinicians, You know the LT would not allow it for one. As for background knowledge re our armed forces capability, I would point you to the letters from the heads of the armed forces telling the government how bad the cuts are. We know we can't afford to fight another war. You then finish by offering you opinion because that is all it is on the competence of doctors in private practice, You really need to get a grip and get out more.
[quote][p][bold]Crispy Bacon[/bold] wrote: [Crispy, you never cease to amaze me, did you actually expect me to publish names of clinicians, You know the LT would not allow it for one. As for background knowledge re our armed forces capability, I would point you to the letters from the heads of the armed forces telling the government how bad the cuts are. We know we can't afford to fight another war. You then finish by offering you opinion because that is all it is on the competence of doctors in private practice, You really need to get a grip and get out more. mavrick
  • Score: -8

7:54am Mon 25 Aug 14

Crispy Bacon says...

mavrick wrote:
Crispy Bacon wrote:
I need to get out more? Writes the man who wrote that at 10 o'clock on a Saturday night! You came up with a load of deeply ignorant Daily Heil-like nonsense backed with zero facts so don't expect a single person reading it to go, 'oh yeah, that mavrick (sic) knows his stuff - we just wish he'd be able to spell maverick, and capitalise it' To then try and worm out of it with more smoke is proof positive you lost this one before you embarked on it.
[quote][p][bold]mavrick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Crispy Bacon[/bold] wrote: [Crispy, you never cease to amaze me, did you actually expect me to publish names of clinicians, You know the LT would not allow it for one. As for background knowledge re our armed forces capability, I would point you to the letters from the heads of the armed forces telling the government how bad the cuts are. We know we can't afford to fight another war. You then finish by offering you opinion because that is all it is on the competence of doctors in private practice, You really need to get a grip and get out more.[/p][/quote]I need to get out more? Writes the man who wrote that at 10 o'clock on a Saturday night! You came up with a load of deeply ignorant Daily Heil-like nonsense backed with zero facts so don't expect a single person reading it to go, 'oh yeah, that mavrick (sic) knows his stuff - we just wish he'd be able to spell maverick, and capitalise it' To then try and worm out of it with more smoke is proof positive you lost this one before you embarked on it. Crispy Bacon
  • Score: 8
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