Military personnel join the ranks of hospital porters

Military personnel from the 12th and 16th Royal Artillery regiment arrived at the Royal Sussex County Hospital on Wednesday (20 January) and will be working with the portering teams.

More than 100  porters work at the hospital and play an important role in the smooth running of all services. From moving patients, managing waste, delivering pharmacy products and ensuring departments have the vital equipment they need to care for patients in the hospital.

Terece Walters, Clinical Director of Facilities and Engineering, said:

“We’re delighted to welcome the British Army at the County hospital. Porters provide a crucial service to every aspect of the hospital. The military support will be invaluable to our teams who play an important role in keeping the hospital running.”

This initiative is just one of many ways that the Trust continues to work alongside the Armed Forces. Regular Army Qualified nurses have been based at the Royal Sussex County Hospital since last year in order to gain specialist skills alongside their military roles. The Military Nurses who are studying at the University of Brighton for specialist courses have been working in the emergency and critical care departments at the County since the start of the pandemic.