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13 March 2016

The Duties of the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet

Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet Hamish Urquhart recently accompanied Lord-Lieutenant Annie Maw to unveil a commemorative plaque, marking the opening of the Emergency Admissions Unit at Yeovil District Hospital.

Hamish was appointed Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet last year – continuing a long and largely unbroken line of King’s success in this important post. Candidates were chosen on their merits within their respective Cadet forces, but also for their dedication and work within the local community. The accolade recognises and honours true commitment and dedication to the county’s Reserve and Cadet Force. When the section appointments were being decided at the beginning of the Michaelmas Term, there was one clear and obvious choice for the position of the most senior Cadet.

Hamish said "This has been an amazing year for me in the cadets as I have achieved things I never expected when I first joined. It has been both demanding and fun, but most of all I have learned priceless skills which I will take out into life, especially teamwork, leadership, communication and the self-confidence to stand up in public.

"When the Lord-Lieutenant asked me to accompany her to the opening of the Emergency Admissions Unit at Yeovil Hospital, I have to admit that I was nervous because I did not know what to expect. I need not have worried, because the Lord-Lieutenant was lovely, keeping me involved throughout the visit by introducing me to the senior hospital staff. I enjoyed the visit. It was interesting and it was also a privileged experience.”

Ward sister Kelly Hutchins was in attendance, as was trust chairman Paul von der Heyde, chief executive Paul Mears and other clinical ward staff.

The Emergency Assessment Unit (EAU) has now been open for one month, and will receive patients who are due to undergo assessment for up to 48 hours after leaving the A&E department.

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