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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).

NHS Paramedic Aaron Hill (right) familiarises medics from 16 Medical Regiment on equipment used by the East of England Ambulance Service.
Airborne medics and NHS paramedics have joined forces to bring better emergency healthcare to the people of Essex.
Pictured is NHS Paramedic Aaron Hill (centre) familiarising medics from 16 Medical Regiment (left to right) LCpl Mallon and Pte Brown, with the civilian ambulances.
NHS Paramedic Aaron Hill (right) familiarises medics from 16 Medical Regiment on equipment used by the East of England Ambulance Service.
Airborne medics and NHS paramedics have joined forces to bring better emergency healthcare to the people of Essex.
NHS Paramedic, Mark Wibberley MBE teams up with medics SAC Dan Curtis (left) and Cpl Roxana Boromand (right) from 16 Medical Regiment, during a casualty scenario.
A medic from 16 Medical Regiment, ventilating a mock casualty during a medical scenario.
NHS Paramedic, Mark Wibberley MBE (right) teams up with medic SAC Dan Curtis (left) from 16 Medical Regiment, during a casualty scenario.
Airborne medics and NHS paramedics have joined forces to bring better emergency healthcare to the people of Essex.
Airborne medic, Sgt Calum Robertson from 16 Medical Regiment, being fitted and tested for a protective mask to enable him to work on the civilian ambulances.
East of England Ambulance Service Ambulance, within Merville Barracks, Colchester being used for training with Army Medics from 16 Medical Regiment.

Special Thanks to Photographer:
Cpl Danny Houghton RLC

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