Nursing studies

Refugee camp made me thankful for NHS

Nursing student Emily Stevens describes volunteering at a refugee camp and reflects on what she learned

Nursing student Emily Stevens describes volunteering at a refugee camp and reflects on what she learned

Student nursing is a weird and wonderful journey that can take us to many unexpected places, but I never thought I would be dressing wounds from a car boot in the middle of a refugee camp.

I have always wanted to incorporate humanitarian volunteering into my nursing career, so when I heard a podcast about the continuing need for aid in Calais I decided to help. I started searching online, and a few emails later I was directed to the First Aid Support Team (FAST).

The group comprises healthcare professionals and support staff from the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands, who volunteer to assist refugees around Europe, operating as a mobile triage unit.

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Picture: Jelle Grutterink

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