Professor Jean White visited Camp Bastion, where the staff of 203 (Welsh) Field Hospital are stationed, to deliver Christmas and New Year greetings.
“The letters were full of recognition for the tremendous work the staff are doing, and acknowledged the hardships the healthcare workers face being so far away from their friends and family – especially at this time of year.”
“I found this to be an incredibly rewarding experience. I was bringing with me supportive messages from the Health Minister, Mark Drakeford and from NHS Chief Executive David Sissling. I brought home not only a return letter for the Health Minister from Commanding Officer Colonel Tina Donnelly– but an insight into the day-to-day life of our nursing and medical personnel serving on the front line."
There are about 55 nurses, doctors, Operating Department Practitioners, radiographers, biomedical scientist and other health staff from Wales at the Hospital.
Professor White said:
“We had the chance to talk about their experiences and what they are learning which they can bring back to the UK.
“There is a wonderful sense of camaraderie and team working. The staff show an inspirational dedication to caring for all the injured who come to the hospital.
“The hospital staff also care for the military dogs, who get the same high tech care as human casualties. Everyone, even canine personnel, is treated with great skill and compassion.
“I witnessed world class emergency care, a real 'can do' approach, a selfless attitude and effective multidisciplinary working. The supportive environment helps staff deal with what they experience every day; and they have an absolutely clear understanding of what they are there to do. It really is all about the patient - human or dog.
“I spent three days with these wonderful people and I would like to extend my thanks, not just to those serving in the field hospital who look after our military personnel, but to their families and work colleagues in Wales for supporting their loved ones in their hugely important roles.”