Musicians from the Royal Marines Band have been mobilised to help the NHS at its most testing hour, supporting front-line NHS staff at hospitals in Bournemouth and Bath, as well as the NHS Nightingale Hospital Exeter, say the Royal Navy here.
“In times of conflict, the musicians down instruments and pick up stretchers, drive ambulances and assist the military’s full-time medics. In this instance, they are supporting the government’s response to Covid in the South West, led by the Royal Marines of 3 Commando Brigade, freeing up NHS staff for clinical duties.”
“Despite the unfamiliar roles that we have been tasked to support, the team have thrown themselves at every task and supported our brave NHS staff in every way they can,” explained team leader Warrant Officer 2nd Class Trev Naughton.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the selfless attitude of our people, taking on a huge variety of roles which has freed up the NHS staff to concentrate on their primary clinical roles. This has not only improved the care that’s given to the patients but also boosted the morale of our NHS staff.”
The Royal Marines add that the troops “not content with simply tending to the patient’s medical needs on non-Covid wards”, have also “given impromptu musical performances” during their downtime.