Ross answers our questions
What attracted you to the field of medicine?
I always wanted to be a soldier, and I was advised to get a trade by a teacher. I think he may have had being a mechanic in mind, but this seems to suit me fairly well.
What area – place or theme – of conflict has been the most challenging?
Two things challenge me about conflict. Firstly, having to balance what I know to be the “gold standard” with what can be achieved in the environment I’m working in. Secondly, being away from my family for long periods, and missing my wife and children.
What – either from soldiers, medics or the general public – has surprised you most over the last few years?
Soldiers never fail to amaze me by how capable they are. A Combat Medical Technician’s course lasts only a few short weeks, and yet I’m consistently astonished with how much they can achieve for a casualty, in the most challenging environments one can imagine. And it’s more than medical. What soldiers can do to make a sandbagged compound with a few shipping containers a home is incredible.
What advice would you give to your 20-something self?
To my 20 year old self, I’d say remember that moral courage is harder to come by than physical. The standard you walk past is the standard you accept. And that the best way to lead is to be yourself.
hat type of destination is your go-to to unwind?
unwind best in the mountains, Scotland or France, climbing and skiing with my family. When I can’t do that, I run.
Do you have a guilty pleasure when it comes to food?
I never feel guilty about food, that’s why I run. But I’m quite fond of a decent piece of Stilton and a bunch of grapes. Never known to say no to a drop of red wine either.