A nurse based at Southampton’s teaching hospitals has received a top national honour for her work treating injured troops in Afghanistan.
Sarah Charters, a consultant nurse in the emergency department at Southampton General Hospital, was named the UK’s best reservist at the Sun newspaper’s military awards.
Ms Charters has served in Saudi Arabia (1991), Cyprus and Iraq (2003) and twice in Afghanistan (2007 and 2010).
During her time in Afghanistan this year, she led a team of medics running the emergency department of Camp Bastion’s hospital and treated more than 2,000 casualties in three-and-a-half months.
She was also made an associate of the Royal Red Cross in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2008 for her service to 4626 Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron as a senior nursing officer,
Ms Charters said: “I couldn’t have achieved anything without the goodwill and hard work of my whole team,” said squadron leader Sarah.
“In Afghanistan we are dealing with young people with major, life-threatening trauma. I can be quite an emotional person, but when I’m there, I’m so focused on my role delivering patient care that I work my way through it.”
Eleven awards were presented to service personnel or units at the event last week.