Sunderland Royal Hospital has four staff surgeons who are also reservists for the armed forces. With the backing of the hospital they have taken part in nine tours of duty to places like Iraq and Afghanistan.
Consultant surgeon, Colonel Ben Banerjee, leaves today to become Medical Director at Camp Bastion. For a three month tour of duty he'll be in charge of all trauma care for Helmand Province, dealing with hundreds of injured soldiers and civilians.
We are very proud of the contribution made by our staff on overseas postings – both staff who operate as military reservists, and those who carry out similar civilian projects in a variety of countries with organisations like VSO.
"They take out skills and commitment to medical teams working in the most challenging of environments and bring back to the trust vast experience which can be used for the benefit of our patients.
"The exchange is invaluable in helping us maintain world-class levels of healthcare."
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