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.