Doctors and nurses take on Army medic challenge in Newcastle

Testing day for teams of medics from across the region as they try their hands at Army-style emergencies


Doctors and nurses from North East hospitals battled their way through Army challenges to test their medical, leadership and team-building skills.

The medics from eleven health trusts in the region tackled everything from a boat casualty rescue on the River Tyne to helping load a casualty into a helicopter.

They also helped a casualty while under fire – something less likely to happen in most Accident and Emergency departments.

The medics included staff from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Newcastle’s Faculty of Medicine.

“We have dealt with a large road accident and evacuated the casualties onto a helicopter which was exciting,” said Becky Armstrong, an occupational therapist with Northumbria Healthcare, who lives in Corbridge. “It is good to work outside your comfort zone sometimes. It has certainly been a different day.”

One of the teams was from Northumbria University. Second year medical student, Declan Stokle from Gosforth, Newcastle said: “It has made me think on my fet and assess the situation so hopefully it will be useful for me in the future.”

The event was organised by the Army Reservists from the North East’s military medical unit, 201 Field Hospital based at Fenham Barracks, Newcastle. Colonel Chris Townend, the Commanding Officer, said: “The Army excels at leadership, teamwork and ‘can do’ attitude. Today we have taken all those characteristics and added that extra military ingredient to show our civilian counterparts the kinds of scenarios we deal with.”


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