This Armed Forces Day (Saturday 26 June), we’re shining light on our Head of Primary Care Contracting, Tony Medwell, and his experience in the RAF.
Read about Tony’s experience below:
I spent a fabulous 22 years in the RAF as a “Medic”, travelling all over the world from Ascension Island, Falklands, Gibraltar, Germany, Sardinia, Belize, Norway, Dakar etc. More importantly I met my lovely wife in the RAF.
The RAF supported my education, management development, OU degree and finally my resettlement into civilian life as a Practice Manager in Kentish Town Health Centre.
Ascension Island, post Falklands, moving burns casualties with all the fun of changing Flamazine dressings & drips in the midday heat on the Aircraft Pan and helping a jobbing RAF GP putting in chest drains etc. to casualties for the flight home. In between though, Ascension Island was an incredible Volcanic Island in the sun with amazing R & R.
Rapidly arranging and moving very poorly premature babies in the middle of night in Gibraltar to UK SCBU gave incredible job satisfaction with amazing teamwork across the RAF & NHS.
My oddest specialty was monitoring and preventing locusts swarming (they turn pink and hop excitedly before they swarm). Call me if you have a problem with locusts’ and I will bring a swing-fog machine.
I am also good with mosquitoes, oriental cockroaches that fly, as well as Rattus Rattus that hopefully don’t fly and I know how to dig a toilet and artesian well in a field (nowhere near each other though).
Photos in the desert moving Casualties by air, we were the first aircraft in straight after the Gulf War I land battle, picking up 60 casualties.