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.
Samantha Bushell is a Biomedical Scientist in the Royal Navy at QA Hospital. Samantha currently works within Blood Sciences, specifically the Haematology department alongside her civilian and military colleagues.
Samantha has worked at QA for just over two years, and says: “My role at QA is diverse as it allows me to rotate around the laboratory disciplines. Within haematology I enjoy the practical work, which provides clinicians with results allowing them to make informed clinical decisions about patient monitoring and treatment. I particularly enjoy the morphology aspect which entails studying the shape and structure of blood cells at a microscopic level.”
Being from a military family, Samantha says she was always drawn to the prospect of a career in the Royal Navy. The military has given Samantha a secure and exciting career enabling her to travel, and meet a range of people, including her husband. As a Royal Navy Biomedical Scientist, Samantha is able to practice in all major laboratory disciplines; Biochemistry, Haematology, Transfusion and Microbiology.
Samantha joined the Royal Navy in 2013 as a medical assistant. After she completed her initial 10 weeks basic training at HMS Raleigh, Samantha moved to Aldershot for 32 weeks of phase two medic training.
Samantha explains: “I spent a short amount of time at HMS Sultan medical centre and then HMS Bulwark for the 2014 commemorations of D-day in Cherbourg, France. I had the opportunity to meet with British and French veterans which was humbling. My first draft as a fully qualified medical assistant was at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines, Lympstone, in a mixture of primary healthcare and field medic roles.”
After this exciting role, Samantha then went on to transfer to a Biomedical Scientist role, which she saw as a great opportunity to develop her career and utilise her civilian degree. After training at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, Samantha was drafted to QA as part of Joint Hospital Group (South).
With regards to the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Samantha says: “Being based in Portsmouth, where much of the landing force sailed from 75 years on reminds me of the true sacrifice and selfless commitment service personnel made. I am involved in organising an all ranks D-Day dinner at HMS Excellent on behalf of my unit in order to commemorate those who lost their lives on D-Day. This will be a special occasion for us all to mark the anniversary.”