Medic gets ready for his Antarctic role

SUPPORT Julian Woodall, who runs Medical Services International
SUPPORT Julian Woodall, who runs Medical Services International

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WHEN the missiles strike and the bullets fly, it is Julian Woodall who comes to the aid of those who are fallen.

He trained as a medic in the army, which he left in 2005 after 15 years of service.

But he hasn’t completely left, because now he and his company, Southsea-based Medical Services International, gives first aid training to UK and international forces and provides medical support to those in hostile regions.

He worked in Oman in 2006, Iraq in 2007, and Nigeria in 2008.

But now he is turning his sites on Antarctica, providing medical support for volunteers following in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton and traversing the entire Antarctic continent for the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Centenary Expedition.

The adventure is being organised by Joanne Davies and Sebastian Coulthard, a Royal Navy petty officer whom Julian met whilst working on a contract for the navy.

Julian, 42, said: ‘He came up to me and said about me being qualified as a Remote Areas Medic.

‘He told me about the expedition, and I asked him who was doing the medical support for it – then I volunteered to do it.’

Julian will be taking on the training himself.

First the team of adventurers will be taken out in the Shropshire countryside, teaching them basic camp craft, basic first aid, and send them on challenging exercises.

Then the team of six will be off to Dartmoor, Snowdonia, and then Norway and Greenland, before it’s time to be off to Antarctica for a training run in 2013 before the big event in 2014.

‘I’m basically going to be sat looking at a load of penguins for three months,’ said Julian.

‘I’ll be offering medical support and getting people out if they need it, and if I can.’

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