A career in...
Being a soldier and a medic
Matt Ellington leads a double life as a junior doctor and army reservist
- By: Mathew Billingsley
Matt Ellington is a clinical fellow in emergency medicine at Tunbridge Wells Hospital in Kent. He went to medical school in Birmingham and completed his foundation years in Cambridge and Ipswich.
As a junior doctor I was well versed in the daily battle of requesting scans, completing discharge paperwork, prescribing fluids, and doing lengthy ward rounds. I found this all fairly unstimulating, so I decided to search for something more exciting. I had considered a career in the military, and my interest was heightened at medical school when I witnessed the incredible work done by the medical teams in Afghanistan. They were often working in tents and in austere conditions, but I was amazed that the survival rate for trauma patients at Camp Bastion [Ministry of Defence airbase in Helmand province, Afganistan] was 97%, which is higher than NHS hospitals in the United Kingdom. One of the main reasons I