A SCARBOROUGH army nurse has told of her experiences while carrying out a four-month tour of duty in the main hospital in Afghanistan’s Camp Bastion.
Cpl Sarah Vairy, 35, joined Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps almost 12 years ago and this was her first time serving in Helmand.
The former Raincliffe School pupil said she mainly provided aftercare treatment but would help in A&E when required.
She added: “They are your mates when you are out there, that’s all that matters, everybody looks after each other. We got a lot of frag injuries.
“When they’ve been discharged from hospital we follow up their care. But if I’m needed I will go and help. This was my first tour of Afghanistan but I am sure it won’t be my last.”
She said that while she was in the war zone she was there to do her job but at times living conditions were harsh. She said: “You expect it. You expect be to working under those conditions and that is what you are paid for – I’m not expecting to go to the Ritz.”
Sarah is a Primary Health Care Nurse Specialist and has recently been promoted to Sergeant – which will come into effect on her next posting. She has previously served in places such as Germany and Cyprus.
She said: “I always wanted to be a nurse, that’s the reason why I joined up, I love my job. It’s been great working as part of a team here in Afghanistan.
“I’ve seen about 30 patients a day. I have to treat all sorts of things, from boils to ingrown toe nails.”
Sarah is married to 42-year-old Dean and has two sons – six-year-old Benjamin and five-year-old Jonathan – and two stepdaughters – 18-year-old Samantha and 16-year-old Alexandra.
She said: “I have missed my family. I just like spending time with them.”
When she got back to Scarborough members of her family organised a surprise party to welcome her home.
She said she had not expected them to make quite such a fuss.