Army medical challenge for health trust

Doctors, nurses and medical staff from the county have demonstrated their medical skills Army-style as they went into action as part of Exercise Medical Challenge.

The competition, which saw a tented Army Field Hospital set up in Nuns Moor Park, attracted participation from more than 200 medical and support staff from NHS Trusts throughout the region.

They took part in a humanitarian mine strike scenario which was made realistic by pretend casualties with special effects make-up and real life amputees.

Exercise Medical Challenge is designed to give the medics and their NHS trusts and universities an insight into the medical role of the Reserve Forces.

The teams took part in specially created scenarios involving rescue missions and medical emergencies.

Member of the Northumbria Health Trust team included Gail Whitowrth and Terri Lang from Ashington, and Denise Patterson from Blyth.

The unit’s Commanding Officer, Colonel Chris Townend said: “We were keen to offer a taster for the local NHS community so they could see the types of work they could be involved in across different roles in the Army medical Reserves.”