The Royal Centre for Defence Medicine's Clinical Unit based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) is the primary receiving unit for all military patients from overseas. In addition to operational casualties we accept non-operational casualties from around the world and routine military referrals.
To deliver this care we work in partnership with the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHBFT) which covers all NHS hospitals within the Birmingham area. The combined experience of the military personnel working alongside their NHS colleagues, within this internationally renowned network of Teaching Hospitals, means that the best care is available.
All our efforts are focused on the needs of the patient and their immediate family. The multi-disciplinary team, both military and civilian, combine the skills, experience and training of a wide variety of professionals to individually tailor the care needed and enable the return of service personnel to duty at the earliest opportunity.
RCDM Patient Welfare Fund
The Patient Welfare Fund is a registered charity, set up several years ago with income from the generosity of the general public, regimental associations and charitable organisations. The fund is used to enhance the patients stay, provide some luxuries and improve the quality of life during admission. Money is spent on a wide variety of things ranging from recreational activities through to sundry items for the patients. The aim is to make life easier for the patient either by providing some normality or providing specialist items.
Our patients can arrive in Birmingham with limited possessions, away from their home units and with family and friends dislocated or swiftly brought to their bedside. Helping them in the first few days is a huge boost. The initial days of a patient and their families time at QEHB can be particularly difficult and we aim to provide facilities and comforts over and above that funded by the ‘system’ to allow everyone to concentrate on recovery and supporting their loved on that journey.
The medical care provided by QEHB is second to none and few places in Europe have built up the same level of experience in dealing with military casualties. Total care is more than just medical care and administrative and welfare support is just as important. The Patient Welfare Fund is utilised by the military personnel that provide the support services to the patient during their treatment, obtaining items or conducting activities as requested or suggested for the benefit of each individual.