16 Medical Regiment and the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) have sealed a partnership that will mean more frontline staff available to provide life-saving care in Essex’s ambulances while giving military medics wider clinical experience. Similar relationships between NHS trusts and military medical units across the country are the foundations on which the military’s ability to support the NHS, such as tackling the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, are built. All military medics must do clinical placements with the NHS to maintain their qualifications, with 16 Med Regt personnel working at hospitals across Essex and Suffolk. This week, 15 paramedics and combat medical technicians have completed an EEAST training package at Colchester’s Merville Barracks to prepare them to work on ambulances. The training covered vehicle and equipment familiarisation, advanced life support and dementia care. The military medics are now expected to take to the roads alongside EEAST staff from Monday (6 April).
Special Thanks to Photographer: Cpl Danny Houghton RLC
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