A TERRITORIAL Army hospital has been handed a special award for training medical professionals in Bury.

The 207 Manchester Field Hospital was given the highest possible accolade from Bury Council - the title of Freedom of the Borough.

207 Field Hospital is one of 11 regional army reserve field hospitals in the British Army, with centres in Bury, Manchester, Stockport and Chorley.

The award was given for the hospital’s support of national security requirements as well as their “hard work and dedication” to recruit and train medical professionals and other volunteers from Bury.

Bury Council said: “The title is being bestowed in recognition of the service given to support medical professionals and other volunteers from the borough of Bury to British military operations in times of conflict or humanitarian need.

“It is also being given in recognition of the strong links forged with local businesses and the local community to provide developmental opportunities and community-based activities.”

207 Field Hospital is part of the Army Medical Services Reserve, with a head quarters in Stretford.

The army hospital recruits individuals from the health sector who can provide healthcare to soldiers and civilians.

Bury-based Corporal Maxine Simpson, a nurse, and Corporal David Sykes, a radiographer, were both deployed to Afghanistan in winter 2010 to care for injured soldiers.

The two members of the 207 Manchester Field Hospital were based at the hospital on the British military base, Camp Bastion, and spent their days treating soldiers seriously injured in the battlefield.

Corporal Simpson’s name appears on an honours board at Castle Armoury in Bury alongside the names of every Bury Army Reserve soldier who has fought abroad since 2000.