The most traumatic nursing station in the world is in an RAF Chinook over the skies of Afghanistan.
MERT members give emergency treatment to a teenage Afghan boy - a suspected Taliban fighter - onboard a Chinook helicopter.
At 10am, there is a daily regimental briefing, then responsibility is handed over to the second four-strong MERT team. RAF Coningsby recently hosted the team from the Anthony Nolan Trust from RAF Marham volunteers responsible for promoting the register and scheme across the Royal Air Force. Project LINK celebrates its continued success, providing a mobile tablet capability to the RAF.
Trinity Community Centre staff have again held a bucket collection on the gates of RAF Halton for Children In Need, and afterwards held a coffee, cake and bacon buttie cafe.


Organisers of the RAF Cosford Air Show have announced the major themes for the event taking place on Sunday 19th June 2016. Between the two teams, these eight medics - plus their Quick Reaction Force - cover the whole of Helmand province, responding to Category A and B emergencies whether involving coalition forces, Afghan National Security Forces, civilians or Taliban fighters.
I saw a lot of terrible things, but I was hugely impressed by the MERT teams on 24-hour call to go out and pick up casualties, and felt they were the real story. I usually work in an emergency department back home and although I have experienced the rigours of looking after patients at the roadside, nothing can prepare you for this. Category A means the casualty can't walk and is at immediate risk of dying - the precise reason why this Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) was set up. Flt Lt McGlynn - or Fiona, as I now think of her - has brought this man all the way from the battlefield to this operating table: this is the end of her responsibility.


They get back to the field hospital at Bastion, transfer him to the operating room, and the base medics put a screen around his body. I do not accompany them, but emergency nurse Flight Sergeant Tony Kyle later tells me what happened.



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