Trainee doctor hones skills on ‘battlefield’

Royal Hallamshire Hospital trainee doctor James Attwood, in military gear on training exercise with 212 Field Hospital TA unit, based at Endcliffe Hall
Royal Hallamshire Hospital trainee doctor James Attwood, in military gear on training exercise with 212 Field Hospital TA unit, based at Endcliffe Hall
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A trainee doctor at Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital is swapping scrubs for camouflage on his weekends off – after joining the city’s Reserve Army medical unit.

James Attwood, now a member of 212 Field Hospital, based at Endcliffe Hall, is encouraging others from the medical profession to get involved.

He has just returned from the unit’s two-week annual camp, held this year in Inverness, Scotland, to practise using their medical skills in a mock battlefield scenario.

James, who is set to complete his NHS training in 18 months’ time, said: “Two weeks in the field sharpens your wits. In ‘civi-life’ the patients usually come to you, but in a war zone you can be out on patrol having to recover injured soldiers in the field, sometimes while under fire.

“The army has full-time regulars who are medics, but they need support from units like ours with a range of medical experience.”

The 212 Field Hospital is on the lookout for health workers, drivers, chefs and mechanics.