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Corporal hails work at Covid-19 hospital as one of his most rewarding deployments

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A soldier who served in Afghanistan recounted how his deployment to a hospital in Northern Ireland during the coronavirus pandemic was one of the most rewarding of his career in the military.

Corporal Lewis Maxwell of 1st Medical Regiment was one of many medics who were now returning home after being sent to Ulster hospital to ease the pressure on frontline staff.

Half of the doctors sent to the hospital were under the age of 21.

I’m actually sad to be going home, it’s probably one of the most satisfying deployments I’ve done in 15 years in the military.

Cpl Maxwell said the pressures in hospitals in Northern Ireland were more acute than those he had experienced in the rest of the UK.

“We don’t see a lot of them on the continent,” he said.

“My main goal was to fit in as quickly as possible to relieve that pressure, and then to benefit from the patient care that was able to be provided because of the pressure relief.

“They (the hospital staff) are sad to see us go. I’m actually sad to go home, it’s probably one of the most satisfying deployments I’ve done in 15 years in the military; this includes tours of Afghanistan.

“We are treating our own people here so it has been really rewarding. “

Cpl Maxwell said the best part of the deployment was the interaction with the patients.

“They had time to be treated and to speak as human beings, not just as patients, so they were able to express their feelings and get better follow-up care by actually knowing the personal circumstances for which they were. are coming. . “

Corporal Lewis Maxwell (left) and Private Benjamin Brown met Minister of Health Robin Swann at the end of their deployment to Northern Ireland (Jonathan McCambridge / PA)

He said the deployment had been difficult for some of the young army medics sent to Northern Ireland, but efforts were made to give them ways to release the pressure.

“There were a lot of young doctors who came, so it was quite difficult for them, the things they see and what they are facing.

“So we have social gatherings, pizza nights to make sure the mental health of everyone here is taken care of.â€

Private Benjamin Brown has just completed his second deployment to Northern Ireland.

He said: “I was here in February to work in Belfast City in the intensive care unit, then I came here this time. It has been very rewarding to come here, but we also had to overcome challenges in adapting to the work within the hospital here.

“Sometimes there are really a lot of people. You can see the stress this puts on the nurses.

“But coming here just allows us to give patients a little more time and talk to them.

“For that, many of them were very, very grateful.”


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