Operation in Sierra Leone led to advances in medical care

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NOT everyone based on RFA Argus was called upon to treat Ebola victims on land.

Some, like Lieutenant Su Jeffreys, 39, played a crucial role on Argus – by helping to conduct pioneering medical research while at sea.

Lt Jeffreys, who at the time was the head of Argus’ intensive care unit, helped spearhead a study into nurses undertaking advanced medical techniques normally only performed by doctors.

She said: ‘We were pushing forward those medical advances even though we were on an operational field.’

Luckily for her, the intensive care unit did not need to treat too many patients – a stark contrast to her previous tours in Afghanistan in 2009 and 2011.

‘I was working in the intensive care department in 2009 and we saw a lot of casualties; that was a really high-tempo, hard deployment, but that’s what we signed up for.’

Speaking of the medal presentation, Lt Jeffreys said: ‘It’s nice, although we may not have had that many patients for the ship we were certainly out there for the six months and we feel we did make a contribution to helping in the Ebola crisis so it’s nice to get recognition for that.’