Major Sharon Stewart is not your average mother of three. By day Sharon is a matron and acting general manager at a private hospital, but by night she is preparing to be dropped into the world’s most dangerous warzone.
Trained medic Sharon is one of the Lancashire-based ‘207 Field Hospital’ team of Territorial Army volunteers who are training towards a probable three-month deployment to the Helmand Province, Afghanistan, at Christmas 2010. Sharon will help run the British military hospital at Camp Bastian which cares for servicmen and women injured on the frontline.
Sharon, who works at Euxton Hall Hospita, Chorley, claims swapping hip replacements for blast victims will involve similar principles and pressure and said she was looking forward to the challenge. She added: ‘It’s still about patient care and keeping people informed, just different clientele. Obviously Helmand is not ike Euxton, but I feel safe with a highly trained organisation.’ Sharon added: ‘Yes, it’s a danger zone, but I’ve no fears for my own safety. I’m not on the frontline like the boys.’
Sharon, 41, spent three months with the TA in Iraq in 2004 and said she would draw on those experiences in tough conditions. ‘I will be managing the journey of those admitted, whether that’s theatre or flying them back. My mission is to look after injured soldiers so they get the best care.’
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