Local TA unit back home from Helmand
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.