Medics on Britain’s flagship examined a ‘navy air ambulance’ at sea for the primary time to hurry up life-saving the following time a Royal Navy service group goes into motion. HMS Queen Elizabeth used her autumn deployment to the North Sea and Scandinavia – the northern ‘arm’ of the Royal Navy’s Operation Achillean, which has additionally seen an amphibious process group spearheaded by HMS Albion exercising within the Mediterranean – to check the ‘air ambulance’ idea, mirroring the emergency service supplied by the NHS however at sea. The brand new Maritime Medical Emergency Response Group or MMERT flies a small staff of casualty consultants on to the injured individual by helicopter, offers on-the-spot life-saving care, then ship them to a hospital for additional remedy… be that ashore or the sick bay on an plane service.

MMERT was examined in an train with Queen Elizabeth’s escort HMS Richmond: a ‘casualty’ within the engine room suffered accidents extra extreme than these the frigate’s sick bay staff may address, requiring the A&E experience of the MMERT staff, and supreme switch to the flagship. Moreover the brand new ‘air ambulance’ the service’s full medical staff was activated for the primary time in almost 12 months to carry the ship’s hospital amenities to life: two emergency medication beds, working theatre, two intensive care beds, supported not simply by highly-skilled employees, but additionally a deployable module containing greater than 8,500 medical gadgets price greater than £1m. It’s solely totally staffed by 22 personnel – docs, surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and many others – when there’s a service group shaped (there have been as much as ten warships, submarines and auxiliaries, crewed by round 3,000 women and men on the service’s 2021 deployment).


Royal Navy medics are inclined to the casualty in Sort 23 frigate HMS Richmond’s hangar.

“The train supplied a wonderful alternative to check the creating Maritime Medical Emergency Response Group functionality. The staff was composed of a Royal Navy medical guide, paramedic and a medical assistant. Maritime MERT offers superior trauma care far ahead ¬– equal to the care supplied by UK air ambulances – together with senior medical determination making, anaesthesia and blood merchandise,” defined paramedic Warrant Officer 1 Phil Towers.

Commander Chris L’amie, Richmond’s Commanding Officer mentioned, “The realism imparted on this train due to the professionalism of the MERT, and the help supplied to it from my staff, wasremarkable – a lot so, that after I witnessed the remedy room and the staged dealing with of an amputee, the environment was justly tense, as you’d think about from one thing akin to a area hospital.”

Given the character of maritime operations and to totally respect the environmental and geographical constraints related to working in a ship as a part of a wider process group, you will need to undertake this validation course of at sea. The medics are a mixture of reservists and full-time Royal Navy personnel who work in NHS hospitals and items when within the UK to keep up their medical expertise. Absolutely operational, the service sickbays provide what’s often known as ‘Position 2’ care: the power to carry out life/limb-saving surgical procedure and superior resuscitation of casualties (Position 1 care is delivered by medics within the area who present fast first support/life-saving measures). Amongst these being assessed is Medical Assistant Amy Walker. HMS Queen Elizabeth returned to Portsmouth yesterday night to bear some upkeep forward of Christmas depart for the ship’s firm and renewed operations within the new 12 months.

Royal Naval Medics Test Military Air Ambulance Concept at Sea for First Time
The casualty is transferred to a Merlin helicopter for the flight to Royal Navy plane service HMS Queen Elizabeth. (Picture by Royal Navy/)