As part of our commemorations for the 75th anniversary of D-Day we are highlighting our dedicated military personnel, and the vital work they undertake in our Trust when they are not deployed.
Surgeon Captain Barrie Dekker is the Military Clinical Director of Joint Hospital Group South, which is the military unit within QA Hospital. Barrie acts as the point of contact for all military consultants working at PHT, and advises the Commanding Officer on all clinical matters.
Alongside his military role, Barrie is the Divisional Director of Surgery & Outpatients at QA and is responsible for all surgical activity within the Trust. Barrie has been with the Trust for 14 years as a Consultant Anaesthetist, and chose to go in to medicine due to the experiences that would be on offer once he qualified.
Barrie says: “The Executives and staff throughout the hospital have a deep appreciation for all of the military personnel and what they have to offer, both with their clinical and leadership skills. There are some talented individuals at all levels and it is very gratifying to present their ideas and support and mentor their careers.”
After qualifying as a doctor in 1993, Barrie began his career at the former Royal Hospital Haslar, before taking on Officer training at Britannia Royal Naval College. Barrie then moved on to the Submarine Escape Training Tank in Gosport where he was the Medical Officer from 1994 until 1997.
In July 1997 Barrie started anaesthetist training, and became a consultant in July 2005. Barrie has also been deployed to a number of areas including Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan.
When it comes to the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Barrie says: “This is a landmark occasion and it will bring Portsmouth into the spotlight for five days of remembrance and commemoration. Joint Hospital Group South, based at QA, will have a number of tickets to attend the celebrations on the 5th - hopefully one will be for me!”