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  1. Hi, I'm looking into joining the Navy as a Dental Nurse (I'm qualified) and just want to ask any current Naval Nurses (or anyone else that could help) a few questions.

    1. How does being in the Navy differ to working in a civilian practice, as in job role/responsibility?
    2. Do you get to take part in the sports/activities offered?
    3. Do you assist for all type of procedures, as in oral sugery, cons, peads etc.
    4. Have you travelled much, spent any time on ships, or is it mostly base work?

    Err... I think that's it for now! I'm sure I'll have more questions soon. I just wanted to speak to a Naval Nurse, as the guy I spoke to at the recruitment office wasn't really sure about the role.

    Thanks guys :D
  2. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Not sure we have any fang farriers on the site, but if all else fails, you could call the Royal Navy Medical Specialist Recruiters direct on 02392 727096 to confirm eligibility and answer your queries.

    Sports activities are heartily encouraged for all members of the UK Armed Forces, DSA's included. Sea-going opportunities are limited, but you could well serve on Amphibious Assault ships (RN and RFA) and Aircraft Carriers from time to time.

    Good luck
  3. There's a dentist on the Daring at the moment, she was in the news because of the Phillipines, I would assume she has a DSA with her?
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  4. RN Website:

    Views from HMS Daring as she heads for the Philippines


    "Surgeon Lieutenant (D) Jenna Murgatroyd. Aged 29. Dental Officer attached to Commando Logistic Regiment, Barnstaple. Lives in St Agnes, Cornwall. Team of three - Surg Lt (D) Murgatroyd, Dental Hygienist CPO Heather Johnson and Dental Nurse Debbie Imm.

    "We joined HMS Daring on October 28 and the original plan was to be on board until November 17, so a short stint of a couple of weeks. We are here to provide the ship's company with dental treatment, including hygiene work, and to ensure they are all up to date with their dental inspections.

    "When we were told of the re-tasking of HMS Daring my first priority was to find out if we could be of assistance, and the answer came back as yes. We don't know any more than that at the moment but, of course, we are keen to help in any way we can.

    "There are several ways we could be called upon once we arrive in the Philippines. Using our primary roles we may be tasked with providing emergency dental care for patients with uncontrollable bleeding, swelling and trauma and I have all the equipment I would need for that as we bought it all on board to treat the ship's company. Occasionally, Dentists can help with forensic identification and Heather and Debbie are both trained first aiders. Obviously we don't know what to expect so we may be required to assist as extra manpower.

    "This is the first time I have been involved in a humanitarian disaster and we are helping to prepare in any way we can. We have had to return the surgery on board back to being a sick bay as we have a lot of dental equipment which takes up valuable medical team space. We have also put together an emergency dental valise filled with dental instruments and supplies that we could take ashore if we were tasked to do so. Otherwise we may remain onboard to continue to treat the ship's company and would await to be called forward if required.

    I am keen to be able to use any of our skills in any way that we can to provide humanitarian care to the people of the Philippines - it is unusual to have a deployed dental team so we are also keen to show what we have to offer."

    Image by LA(Phot) Keith Morgan

    Views from HMS Daring as she heads for the Philippines| Royal Navy
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  6. Going back a few years (and bearingf in mind I've been "retired" from the RN for 20 odd yrs) any sea going dentists on frigates / destroyers relied on the "on board" medical staff to assist them. There were a few billets on capital ships for a Dentist & LMA(D) - so you could expect to serve on carriers / assault ships.

    As far as the job goes ... the routine is much the same as in a civilian dentist by assisting in the surgery (documentation / mixing up / handing instruments etc etc) ordering stores etc etc.

    Ashore in sickbays you would certainly assist with consults ... and depending on the degree of dental heroics assist with some oral surgery - depends on what the fang farrier is up to doing and I have done apisectomies at sea on a destoyer (very few and far between) but unlikely to do paeds unless abroad where there were married accompanied children. In UK wives / kids go to their civilian dentists. There are probably some RN dentists attached to the military wings of civvy hospitals and you would probably be involved in maxillo facial work there if drafted to one.

    Travel ... well when we had an empire we had dental surgeries all across the world but these days I'm not so sure - some of the others would have a better idea of whats where in foreign drafts - as far as sport goes ... its there for the taking!

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  7. tiddlyoggy

    tiddlyoggy War Hero Book Reviewer

    MG, you may be a bit out of date mate. The last time a dentist embarked whilst I was deployed on a 22 they brought their own assistant with them.
  8. Quite possibly tids. I've had a Fleet going DentO tip up on his tod and want me to play DSA and there again I got one tip up complete with Killick MA(D) under tow with a chacon of gear. Seem to remember the first one came over from one of the Forts while we were on deployment just before we went for a foreign run ashore somewhere (muttering something about a "soapy sandwich") - spent a week slumming it and then went back to whence he came once we'd gone back to sea.

    Some Dento's were quite happy to work on thier own with the on board guys ... others wanted to drag a full surgical support team around with them!
  9. Thanks for all the replies guys! Nice to hear there's a small chance of travelling & getting on a ship at some point - and sports, as hockey is one of the things I would really miss!

    Thanks for that number, Ninja - I'll give them a call if I can't find out any more info!
  10. You can still play your favourite sport.

    Hockey | Royal Navy PDev Portal
  11. Be warned, getting in as a Dental Nurse might be very hard work - the branch isn't that big and it's getting smaller.
  12. tiddlyoggy

    tiddlyoggy War Hero Book Reviewer

    The flip side of that particular coin is that there are a few POMA's I've whose fingers I wouldn't want in my mouth!!!!
  13. I've been warned about this - guess I'll just have to keep trying :)

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