Callam Bolton

Healthcare Engineering Technician

Callam's job title is Technical Support Engineer at Royal Salford NHS Trust

What I do

Hospitals have a lot of medical equipment that needs maintenance, servicing, repairs and testing. As well as maintenance, we also work in the Research & Development department and help with design, whether that is a new piece of equipment or a new procedure, then we implement it. We are patient-facing – we get called to things that have broken down on the ward and either fix it in situ or take it out and bring it back.

We also work with mechanical and medical gases. There are various medical gases depending on your hospital and department, such as oxygen, medical air, CO2, Entonox and heliox. There are some dangers involved in this because you are working with flammable and pressurised gases in cylinders and regulators. Part of being a competent engineer is knowing the risks and how to avoid them.

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What I love most about my job

I love the Research & Development side. I’m also proud of my qualifications and where I have got to today from leaving school at 15. I’m good at my job and I can be relied on.

The best bits about working in a team

I’m in a team of four, made up of a team leader, two senior engineers and myself. When I started here all the guys around me – who have been in the industry for years – were much older but my team is like a second home to me, and I get on really well with them. We can have a laugh, but we get the job done at the end of the day.

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