Medic teams up with USA
AN Army Reservist from Macclesfield teamed up with the US Army in a major medical exercise to train how to treat the sick and wounded at short notice anywhere in the world.
Corporal Helen Porter travelled to Wisconsin to take part in Exercise Global Medic with her Manchester Field Hospital unit, where British medics were put through their paces by US Army medics to test how well the two nations worked together.
The mum-of-three, 45, an Army Reservist for eight years who worked with the US Army in 2010 in Afghanistan, said the exercise was ‘invaluable’ for forging bonds with American colleagues and exchanging skills which could help them work together in the future.
She said training was ‘as realistic as possible’ and that they were ‘pushed to the limit’.
Cpl Porter, a resuscitation officer at Manchester Children’s Hospital, added: “We get the same training and pay as the regular army and any medical skills I learn in uniform are directly transferable to the NHS, so it’s the best of both worlds.”
Daughter Courtnee 17, has applied to join the Navy after studying Aerospace Engineering at Macclesfield College.