We’re one of several hospitals to benefit from military support, with nine members of the armed forces starting work at Queen’s Hospital on Tuesday (11 January) following a two-day induction.
Two defence medics are helping look after patients in intensive care, while the rest are supporting our teams with general duties, such as portering and helping patients at mealtimes.
Captain Lewis Tippett, who is overseeing the team at our Trust, said: “Some of the military personnel will have previously supported the NHS either through delivery of PPE or vaccinations. Regardless, they are all keen to get stuck in and are extremely proud to be supporting the NHS who we all believe do a fantastic job for this city and our country.”
Our Chief Executive, Matthew Trainer added: “Anyone who comes in to lend us skilled expertise is extremely welcome.”
The partnership has been agreed between the NHS and Ministry of Defence to help at a highly pressured time for hospitals across the country, while we’re also dealing with increase staff absences due to Omicron.