Belfast Telegraph

Friday 28 November 2014

Local TA unit back home from Helmand

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Medics who spent months saving lives at a British military hospital in war-torn Afghanistan will return to their families in Northern Ireland today.

The 30 TA volunteers, who escaped injury during a rocket attack at the sprawling Camp Bastion base in February, had responsibility for the biggest Army medical facility in the war zone.

The Helmand-based unit, which has its HQ at Hydebank in Belfast, included consultants, surgeons, doctors, anaesthetists, nurses and radiographers from the five main health trusts, as well as non-healthcare professionals.

Colonel Alan Black, CO of 204 (North Irish) Field Hospital, said he was proud of their effort during the three-month stint.

"I am sometimes asked what the differences are between regular and reserve personnel on operations. The answer is simple – there are none."

The survival rate for patients in the Bastion trauma unit is 97.7% – among the highest in the world.

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