The Kosovo hero who became a Sunderland GP

Dr Rolf Wildermann from Pallion Family Practice has been nominated for a Best of Health award.
Dr Rolf Wildermann from Pallion Family Practice has been nominated for a Best of Health award.
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A DOCTOR who once flew in Kosovan rescue missions over minefields is in the running for an Echo award.

Dr Rolf Wildermann is a partner in the Pallion Family Practice at Pallion Health Centre, in Hylton Road, Sunderland.

But around 20 years ago, he was part of the German Army when it was involved in the NATO-led international peacekeeping force in Kosovo. He was an emergency doctor who was part of a helicopter team which rescued injured people from minefields.

Dr Wildermann admitted: “It was quite hard work.

“We were deployed to find the minefields and, if something happens, we would bring the people into field hospitals.”

He admitted the work was stressful and the injuries sustained by patients horrific.

But now he has been living and working in Sunderland for around 12 years and has been nominated for a Best of Health award by a patient who said: “He is everything you would hope a GP might be but rarely expect. All that and more. He’s personally involved and interested in your care, and always finds the time to go that extra mile on your behalf.”

Dr Wildermann said: “I am astounded that I have been nominated for my day to day work but I am pleased as well.”

Dr Wildermann was born and grew up in a town called Lingen in Lower Saxony in Germany.

He studied medicine in Cologne and, because of job shortages in Germany at the time, came to England where he started work in Walsall, then Banbury and Colchester. He went back to Germany to finish his training and eventually decided to return to England. He became based in Sunderland where, he said, everyone was “always very supportive.”

“It is a good environment. I enjoy working with colleagues. I enjoy the integration of patient care and this is a nice area to practice.”

Dr Wildermann joins an impressive number of entries which we have already received in this year’s Best of Health awards. We want more.

Enter your nominations here