The Nurse Practitioner will act as a first responder for those needing medical attention.
A brave nurse is heading to the Ukraine-Poland border to help those leaving the war-torn country.
Debbie Painter, a Senior Emergency Nurse Practitioner at Queen’s Hospital Burton Emergency Department, and two other medical professionals from across the UK will act as first responders for those needing medical attention as part of the UKDoctors programme.
University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust (UHDB) granted Debbie emergency leave to travel to Przemyśl — around seven miles from the Ukrainian border.
Debbie will journey to the Ukrainian border on Sunday, 10 April, in a van packed up with supplies to help the team she is travelling with on their mission to support.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover the costs of the journey.
I want to help.
Debbie explained, “I visited Kyiv just a few years ago. A normal city just like Birmingham, with a Zara and a shopping centre just like the Bullring. The people went to work every day doing normal jobs just like us.
“I’ve worked in A&E looking after the injured and wounded for years and worked as a medic at many events and festivals. Now I want to give help to these poor people.”
Adding, “I’m ready to go there and help now. Me and my daughter have been on many city breaks together and Kyiv is one of my favourite places I have been with her. It’s heart-breaking to see the news reports knowing that I have been there but can’t recognise it as the place I visited anymore.
“I’m used to dealing with trauma in the job that I work in now, so I’m taking a lot of transferrable skills with me, what I will find tough is the humanitarian aspect of the work and leaving my own family behind. My family are nothing but proud of what I am doing, my youngest however has made me promise not to stay out there for too long.”