Soldiers reinforce blood stocks

British soldiers from the garrison at Tuker Lines in Seria visited Suri Seri Begawan Hospital in Kuala Belait to donate blood to augment the Ministry of Health (MoH) blood stocks.

In the past, the garrison arranged for Blood Bank staff to visit the British Forces Brunei base to collect donated blood, but at this time of movement restrictions and social distancing, garrison personnel are visiting the Blood Bank individually and donating blood for those who need it, a press release stated.

Combat Medical Technician Lance Corporal Phoebe Gee, 22, said, “I felt it was the least I could do after the MoH has looked after the garrison so well during the worldwide problems with COVID-19.”

Garrison Senior Medical Officer Lieutenant Colonel Bert Stewart said, “Since moving to Brunei from the United Kingdom (UK) two years ago, I have developed a close working relationship with the medical staff at the hospital in Kuala Belait.

“It felt only right that the garrison gives something back. When I saw recently how depleted donated blood was in Brunei, I asked for volunteers from the Primary Care Medical Facility at Tuker Lines to visit the local hospital and donate.”

Lieutenant Colonel Stewart added “I had to turn a number of volunteers away today due to the restrictions on gatherings, but they will be visiting the Blood Bank over the coming days.”

Lance Corporal Phoebe Gee and Sergeant Raj Ranwala donate blood