I truly believe that only those who have served or are still serving, can understand what a fellow service person feels. The NHS as only grown, because of what as been achieved by military medicine and they are not capable of dealing with the way of service life. We need somewhere we can all go to, to receive the treatment that we need, without having to face the stigma of those who wish to vilify us
Quoting Christopher: "We need somewhere we can all go to, to receive the treatment that we need......". We need to take away the reliance on Charities to support both the serving and veteran communities.
Christopher, as an ex-serving member of Princess Mary's RAF Nursing Service I always felt that it was a great shame that they closed down all the Military Hospitals, Army, Navy and RAF. They could have taught the NHS a great deal. Not only were they centres of excellence but sources of wonderful pioneering work in many areas, such as trauma surgery, burns treatments, tropical medicine and psychiatry. The whole atmosphere was different from a civilian hospital with it's Service Ethos and cheery banter. Although I nursed at both RAF Hospital Wegberg and RAF Hospital Uxbridge most of my time was spent at the RAF Hospital Ely and I know that whenever an ambulance picked up a civilian patient given the choice between Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge and RAF Hospital Ely they always chose the RAF.
Hi Pam A true word of what you said that the NHS has missed out on a lot of info about medicines when they shut the BMH I cant remember who was in Govt when they decoided to shut the BMH but who ever it was that was the biggest mistake the did RAF Ely I remeber it as when we were stationed in Oakington Bks My Good Lady happened to spend a Week or so in there and as you say the banter was fabolous and it was Service orientated Her first insight to BMH was when we were in Berlin and My Eldest was Born that was when She swore by the BMH Cheers
My Kids were born in military hospitals, one in BMH Rinteln on 23/12/1985 (Great atmosphere & Xmas dinner) and the other at BMH Aldershot in 1992. Fantastic unique level of care and understanding, that only the military could ever replicate. It's also very difficult to quantify the positive effect the atmosphere within can have on the individuals being treated.