Territorial Army Medics form Glasgow’s 205 Field Hospital officially thanked NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) on Wednesday, for allowing so many of its staff to deploy to Afghanistan to save the lives of wounded troops. They presented the health board’s Chairman with a limited edition print by artist Tom Kelly.
The soldiers and officers, from all professions across the health sector, deployed in January after six months intensive training, to take command of the state of the art medical facility in Camp Bastion in Helmand Province. Working with colleagues from the USA and Estonia, they faced challenges that most of them would never come up against in their normal working lives.
Almost 20% of those who deployed are employed by NHSGGC and they wanted to show their appreciation to their civilian bosses for allowing them to go. The Health Board is fully committed to supporting Armed Forces Reservists to carry out this important role, one which gives those taking part added skills which they can bring back to their civilian careers, ultimately helping improve healthcare in Scotland.
NHSGGC Chairman, Mr Andrew Robertson, accepted the gift at the Unit’s HQ in Govan. He said: “We are absolutely delighted to be presented with such a wonderful print to commemorate the excellent service given by NHS TA members during their recent operational tour in Afghanistan.
“We are very proud of the significant contribution our colleagues have made to the medical care of service personnel and civilians in Afghanistan.
“NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is totally committed to supporting our Army and other Service volunteers and we have put in place firm structures within our organisation to ensure that they are given every assistance for such an enormously important duty.”
The unit, which is Scotland’s only Field Hospital, has deployed on several operational tours over the last few decades, taking part in the 1990-91 Gulf War – Operation Granby, as well as supplying personnel to work in medical facilities in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq, as well as continuing to support operations in Afghanistan with individual, highly trained health professionals. This can only be done with the full support of employers such as NHSGGC.
The Commanding Officer, Colonel David McArthur, who had total command of the hospital in Camp Bastion during this year’s tour, is well aware of this.
“The support of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde was absolutely unstinting and was remarked upon as providing a huge degree of confidence amongst those who deployed. In return, this contributed very positively to the sick and injured under our care.”
Those who deployed have come back to their day jobs with new and enhanced skills which they are now using in their day to day jobs in the NHS.
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