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Hospital leaders get taste of military medicine

16 Medical Regiment has a close relationship with Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, with soldiers carrying out work placements and training at the Trust's hospitals. A delegation from the Trust, including its chair, Dr Sally Irvine, recently visited Colchester's Merville Barracks to get an insight into the operational skills and working environment of military medics. 16 Medical Regiment provides the Airborne Surgical Group (ABSG) to 16 Air Assault Brigade, which maintains a force ready to deploy anywhere in the world at short notice to do anything from disaster relief to war-fighting. The ABSG provides accident and emergency, X-ray, surgical and intensive treatment facilities and is manned by anaesthetists, surgeons and other specialist medics, many of whom are parachute-qualified. It can also deploy with a primary healthcare node, which includes a GP a...

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