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Medical treatment

Medical treatment following injury or illness overseas:

If a soldier is evacuated to the UK from operations for medical treatment they will most likely be admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and possibly transferred onwards to the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court.

After their initial treatment they may be referred to a specialist unit in an NHS hospital, or if they require further treatment after a period of sick leave, now known as Recovery Duty, they might be referred to a hospital or rehabilitation centre that is closer to where they are living.

Medical treatment following injury or illness in the UK:

If the soldier is receiving medical treatment from the Med Centre, the Medical Officer (MO) might refer them to a specialist unit at an NHS hospital. Soldiers can request this referral be local to either their home address or unit address depending on which is the most convenient.

If they are admitted into hospital a Military Liaison Officer will monitor their progress on a daily basis and liaise with your unit Visiting Officer.

No matter what the injury, the Recovery Officer, be it a military liaison officer, unit welfare officer or personnel recovery officer, must visit them at least once every 14 days at their home, hospital or convenient location and update their records on WISMIS.

Their case will then be reviewed every 28 days when the recovery officer will go through the Individual Recovery Plan to check that progress is being made, and update the recommendations if needed.

It is the units responsibility to ensure the WISMIS account for the soldier is up-to-date.