Blood Transfusion in the Army / TA

#1
Hi, is there anyone on here who works in Army medical labs? I'm a lab assistant in a blood transfusion lab, I'm getting a bit bored with the mundane day to day stuff of working for the NHS. I expect the Army must have people doing my job, so I'm planning on joining the TA and think doing my job in a field hospital in Afghanistan would be more exciting.

Is there anyone with some experience of this or something similar, would i get to do more exciting stuff working for the Army? What's it like / what am I getting myself in to? What kind of training is involved and how long does it take?

Cheers. Alex
 
#5
Whilst not in the Field Hospital in Afghan you will more than likely be employed in the NHS, albeit a little bit better off in the pocket or at a Fd unit looking after your equipment. MLA is not a recognised trade within the Army so you would have to qualify as a BMS to be able to carry out this job.

Excitement wise, yes its better than the NHS when your deployed as you are a crucial element in the life saving care of our wounded brothers and sisters. Training to become a BMS as it stands requires you to pass a 6 month course at the training school before embarking on a 3 year (day release) uni course to get a degree in Biomedical Science. When your not at uni you will be employed in an NHS lab learning everything you need to know about your trade.

This is of course after you successfully complete basic training and you have the right qualifications for the job.
 
#7
Chemicalali said:
Hi, is there anyone on here who works in Army medical labs? I'm a lab assistant in a blood transfusion lab, I'm getting a bit bored with the mundane day to day stuff of working for the NHS. I expect the Army must have people doing my job, so I'm planning on joining the TA and think doing my job in a field hospital in Afghanistan would be more exciting.

Is there anyone with some experience of this or something similar, would i get to do more exciting stuff working for the Army? What's it like / what am I getting myself in to? What kind of training is involved and how long does it take?

Cheers. Alex
Best thing you can do is to take all these questions to your local unit, and the best of luck to you :D

You can expect to do the same basic as anyone else.
 
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