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Providing health care from army camp to civvy street

Not many nurses have to learn to use a pistol and rifle, but Elizabeth Shillito did. It was part of training during her 22-year career as a nurse in the Royal Air Force (RAF), which has taken her all over the world, including to the war zones of Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan

Not many nurses have to learn to use a pistol and rifle, but Elizabeth Shillito did. It was part of training during her 22-year career as a nurse in the Royal Air Force (RAF), which has taken her all over the world, including to the war zones of Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan.

‘We carried a weapon with us, to defend ourselves and our patients if needs be. I never had to use it, but I know nurses who did.’

Ms Shillito, now an advanced nurse practitioner in the emergency department at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, does not wish to go into details.

Elizabeth Shillito (centre), now an advanced nurse practitioner in the emergency department at Derriford Hospital, pictured with colleagues in the Royal Air Force

Her interest in the military came from her grandfather. ‘He used to show me pictures of his time

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