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Novel equipment used in the UK Role 2 medical treatment facility as part of Operation TRENTON in South Sudan
  1. James Ralph1,
  2. E J Hutley2 and
  3. G Nordmann3,4
  1. 1 Royal Centre for Defence Medicine Clinical Unit, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK
  2. 2 Defence Pathology, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Birmingham, UK
  3. 3 Academic Department of Anaesthesia, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Birmingham, UK
  4. 4 Head of Capability Combat Service Support (Medical), Capability Directorate, UK Army Headquarters, Andover, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr James Ralph, RCDM Clinical Unit, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK; james.ralph{at}


The deployment of a UK military Role 2 Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) to South Sudan during Operation TRENTON into an isolated location and austere environment with a prolonged hold produced potential medical planning challenges. The MTF was augmented with both specific personnel and equipment in order to meet these challenges. This paper discusses equipment available in this facility not previously used at Role 2 before and how it could be used to supplement medical operational deployments in future.

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