Cpl Adedze: Medical support to the NHS Nightingale

Corporal William Adedze is a Pharmacy Technician in the British Army used his skills and training to help set up the NHS Project Nightingale facility in Bristol

As part of the government's response to coronavirus, a facility at the University of West England in Bristol has been converted into an NHS Nightingale Hospital.

The Frenchay Campus was re-purposed by private contractors. Military personnel have undertaken training in order to support the vital work being undertaken by the NHS.

Cpl William Adedze shares his experience supporting the NHS 👇

Corporal William Adedze.

My name is Corporal William Adedze part of the 1 Armoured Medical Regiment in Tidworth.

The Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) is responsible for maintaining the health of servicemen and women. The Corps is represented wherever British Soldiers are deployed, providing medical support to operations, exercises and adventurous training all over the world.

I’m helped establish to establish the NHS Nightingale facility, in Bristol, which is now being used to take in patients for COVID-19.

A facility at the University of West England in Bristol has been converted into an NHS Nightingale Hospital.

I’m a Pharmacy Technician by trade — we normally look after the drugs (medicine), do the ordering, dispensing bits as well as the distribution and setting up facilities to store the drugs.

I worked alongside the civilian pharmacists from the NHS, it’s interesting having worked with civilians in the past — it's nice to get a different perspective.

To work so closely with civilians and other agencies to set up this facility is quite fantastic.

Our military experience is helping, it was mostly organisation and establishing the facility.

We are able to bring in different experiences. The skills we bring is the establishment of facilities — we’ve done this in Afganistan and other deployments across the globe. This is a specialist skill and experience that we bring to this setting.

Military personnel conducting training at the facility in Bristol.

For me it’s been quite interesting, it’s totally different from what I do day-to-day in the military setting.

I’m very privileged to have helped, I got to help out in this very crucial time that the nation needs people to pull together.

I feel privileged to be part of this.

Find out about the UK Armed Forces’ response to the Coronavirus crisis:

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