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Royal Army Medical Corps

The Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) is responsible for maintaining the health of servicemen and women. The Corps is represented wherever British Soldiers are deployed, providing medical support to operations, exercises and adventurous training expeditions all over the world.

The RAMC was formed in 1898 and is the largest corps in the Army Medical Services (AMS).

The Corps has a role which ranges from providing immediate first aid emergency care on front line and routine treatment or long term care at health centres and hospitals, as well as health promotion and disease prevention.

In the field RAMC surgeons, pharmacists, doctors and medics combine expert medical training with leadership skills to coordinate large-scale trauma situations and humanitarian operations.

Life as a combat medic

Lance Corporal Michael 'Doc' McLoughlin is a medic within the RAMC. He spent time serving in the southern Helmand district of Nad e-Ali attached to The Royal Dragoon Guards.

In this video Michael explains a day in the life of a combat medic. He was the first line medical support for the soldiers of C Squadron during their tour of Afghanistan. The patrol base where they lived regularly came under enemy fire.

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