September 25, 2008
Nurse Lindsay’s Afghan Mission
By MIKE BLACKBURN
A MILITARY nurse from Teesside joined hundreds of Army medics in a gruelling training exercise to prepare for her deployment to Afghanistan.
Army Corporal Lindsay Devonport leaves for southern Afghanistan with 3 Commando Brigade as part of a 300-strong medical team next month.
A highly-skilled intensive care unit (ICU) nurse, the 25-year- old from Hartlepool has already served on a previous operational tour to Iraq.
The former High Tunstall School pupil will be deployed for four months and will work in the recently completed Camp Bastion hospital complex as an ICU nurse looking after injured civilians as well as Afghan and coalition troops.
Lindsay said: "I've been to Iraq in 2006, but this will be my first deployment since I qualified as an ICU nurse. I know it will be very busy and very challenging out there but I'm looking forward to putting all my professional training and skills into practice."
Currently based in Birmingham, the keen runner said the medics will take over the running of the state-of-the-art facility in Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, for six months.
"We may be in the middle of a desert but we can deliver the same level of medical care out there as we could back in the UK and we're all very proud of that," she said.
The unit will be the main medical unit supporting the 7,800 UK personnel and their coalition allies.
The military medics took part in Exercise Rosedale Ready at a specialist military facility in York to hone their skills in a pressurised environment.
Lieutenant Commander Ali Hofman, the officer commanding the Hospital Squadron, said: "Realistic exercises like this are carefully designed to ensure all our plans and procedures are fine- tuned.
"The operational tempo will certainly bring challenges but we have excellent people with a wide range of skills."
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