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RCDM - The Royal Centre for Defence Medicine - Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham
Information and history about the RCDM - The Royal Centre for Defence Medicine - Queen Elizabeth NHS Hospital Birmingham
The Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (RCDM) was opened on the 2 April 2001 by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal. Army, Royal Air Force (RAF) and Navy nurses work within the unit and throughout the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHBFT),(formerly the Selly Oak National Health Service Trust Hospital in Birmingham until 2010), caring for civilian and military patients.
In June 2010 the RCDM relocated to the purpose built Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) from Ward S4 of the Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham.
For the Selly Oak Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham: University Hospitals Birmingham website please visit www.uhb.nhs.uk/rcdm.htm
For the RCDM website please visit
For the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine fund within Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity which aims to raise funds for a Forces and Families Centre at the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham please visit qehb.org/military
History of The Royal Centre for Defence Medicine
On the 1 April 2002 The Centre for Defence Medicine was given approval by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and given Royal status and re-named to The Royal Centre for Defence Medicine.
Prior to this and in anticipation of the RCDM opening seven military nurses were sent to University Hospital Birmingham in September 2000 to work in the Accident and Emergency Department.
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After the closure of the main Ministry of Defence (MOD) military hospitals such as the QEMH, CMH and RN Haslar the RCDM was set up to provide medical and nursing care for injured and wounded military personnel on operational deployments and secondary and specialist care for members of the armed forces.
Military patients who are returned home to the UK from active operations are flown into Birmingham airport by RAF nursing and medical teams of the Aero Med Service.
The Royal Centre for Defence Medicine is also a training centre for nursing, medical and support staff of the tri-service which includes the QARANC (Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps), the PMRAFNS (Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service) and the QARNNS (Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service)
Attached to the RCDM is the Alexandra Wing which is a hostel accommodation facility for the next of kin and relatives of soldiers, sailors and airmen who are being cared for at the hospital.
Defence School of Health Care Studies
The Royal Defence Medical College moved from Gosport to the University of Central England in Birmingham Medical School where it combines civilian and military research, training and education. This includes the Defence School of Health Care Studies for the training and professional development of military nurses. It is now known as the Centre of Defence Medicine - Birmingham (CDM).
If you would like to contribute any info, photographs or share your memories of RCDM then please contact me.
BBC1 broadcast a documentary called Wounded on Wednesday 23 September 2009. Wounded followed the treatment of two soldiers injured in Afghanistan . This included their care at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham and their rehab at the Defence Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court. Their injuries were bilateral leg amputations and lost eyesight and the other soldier lost three limbs after moving a sandbag which had a booby trap. Members of the QARANC featured in Wounded.
Former Royal Air Force Regiment Gunner Jason Harper witnesses a foreign jet fly over his Aberdeenshire home. It is spilling a strange yellow smoke. Minutes later, his wife, Pippa, telephones him, shouting that she needs him. They then get cut off. He sets straight out, unprepared for the nightmare that unfolds during his journey. Everyone seems to want to kill him.
Along the way, he pairs up with fellow survivor Imogen. But she enjoys killing the living dead far too much. Will she kill Jason in her blood thirst? Or will she hinder his journey through this zombie filled dystopian landscape to find his pregnant wife?
The Fence is the first in this series of post-apocalyptic military survival thrillers from the torturous mind of former British army nurse, now horror and science fiction novel writer, C.G. Buswell.
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The death of the Brotherhood will be avenged.
RAF gunner Jason Harper and a team of Special Air Service operators are enraged after the death of their brothers by a terrorist drone strike. They fly into south-eastern Yemen on a Black-op mission to gather intelligence and avenge the death of their comrades.
Can they infiltrate the Al-Queda insurgents' camp, stay undetected, and call down their own drone missile strike and get home safely?
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