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Freedom of the city parade, Joint Hospital group South West

Joint Hospital Group (JHG) employs over 1200 personnel from the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and Army who are embedded within the NHS throughout the country.


Joint Hospital Group (South West) has been based at Derriford since the closure of the Royal Naval Hospital at Stonehouse in 1995 (previously called MDHU Derriford) with around 170 personnel including Consultants, Nurses, Operating Department Practitioners, Radiographers and Medics working in the Trust. Military personnel can be found in the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Theatres, Wards, Imaging and Clinics and with the Cumberland centre. Their sole focus is to maintain their professional clinical readiness and to be prepared to rapidly deploy on Military operations, providing the highest quality healthcare, wherever and whenever required worldwide.


Speaking on behalf of the Unit, the Commanding Officer, Commander Jonathan Coates Royal Navy said “It is an absolute honour to be recognised for our long standing history of providing Healthcare to the people of the city of Plymouth.  It is a tremendous privilege to be recognised by the City of Plymouth and be bestowed with the Freedom of the City.

The Joint Hospital Group South West will be marking this honour, with a march on Plymouth Hoe, during Armed Forces Day, at midday on Saturday 24 June. They will start at the Royal Citadel and march across the hoe promenade, led by the Tavistock Stannary Brass Band, in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Plymouth.

Freedom of the City Parade
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