Doctors and Nurses at War - ITV special


War Hero
3 part series starts on Tuesday 3rd Feb ITV1 @ 20:00 8)

"In most Armed Forces, battlefield casualties are taken to hospital for surgery and treatment. But the British fly top doctors and paramedics straight out to the battlefield in a special military ambulance with armed guards - taking the ER directly into war zones to save time and lives.

In a new three-part documentary series for ITV1, Doctors and Nurses at War follows NHS trauma surgeons, paramedics and nurses who have volunteered for three months with the British Armed Forces in Afghanistan.

The volunteers, members of the Territorial Army 203 Field Hospital Unit based in Cardiff, are all experienced trauma specialists.

Each episode focuses on different characters – following them through training, from their regular jobs in the NHS, to the battlefield.

The programme makers were given unprecedented, first-time access to Britain’s Field Hospital in Camp Bastion and its battlefield ER to follow a number of NHS medics as they experienced warfare – some of them for the first time.

Doctors and Nurses at War reveals all the tension and drama of one of the world’s busiest ERs, where the trauma specialists battle to save the lives of British Service men and women and Afghan civilians.

Programme one follows the NHS volunteers as the complete their training, arrive at Camp Bastion and face their first challenges – from treating soldiers injured by landmines to victims of suicide bombers"


War Hero
I do hope this will be better than "Warzone"
I wonder if they will show the signs they put up in welsh that proved offensive to the Afghans so had to come down again, or some of the nursing staff who waddled rather than walked to scoff. Still, they all did a fantastic job


overweight nurses, nah i dont believe it!
203 Field Hospital Is THe University Hospital of Wales A&E Department Hellmond Branch


drain_sniffer said:
some of the nursing staff who waddled rather than walked to scoff.

At least they're getting some exercise 8O


Kit Reviewer
fatmini said:
I do hope this will be better than "Warzone"

It can't be any worse


Getting a bit nervous! I was there when they were filming, and to me they were the most unprofessional bunch of cowboys ever (not that I like any of the Press) and I'm hoping that they do justice to all branches of the AMS, particularly the RAMC. Or at least it doesn't turn out like Warzone!!!

Edited to correct spelling mistake! :oops:
squeekingsapper said:
fatmini said:
I do hope this will be better than "Warzone"

It can't be any worse

Unfortunately, there will undoubtably be some chimp on here coming out with arrse comments like "based at Bastion? 3 month tour? REMFs....etc etc" :roll:
Hoping its not! :D


New series looking at the work of NHS trauma medics who have volunteered for front-line duties in Afghanistan as the Parachute Regiment launches a spring offensive against the Taliban.

Spending three months helping to run Britain's military hospital at Camp Bastion, orthopaedic surgeon Hugo Gutherie and former children's nurse Sue James are shocked to come face to face with the young casualties of war.


Book Reviewer
Doctors & Nurses At WarTue 3 Feb: ITV1, 8pm
4:23PM, Feb 02, 2009

Doctors and Nurses at War
There are some very brave people on the frontline of wars – doctors and nurses.

This new three part documentary follows the stories of these modern day Florence and Frank Nightingales, from their regular jobs with the NHS to the battleground in Afghanistan.

Each episode focuses on one character, all of whom are members of the Territorial Army 203 Field Hospital Unit based in Cardiff. They’re all experienced trauma specialists, but they need to undergo special training for working in war conditions.

For starters, everyone working in Camp Bastion, from which ambulances with military guards go out to find wounded troops, must be armed. For those trained in saving lives, it’s the first stark reminder that they’re at war.

The doctors have to treat soldiers with horrific injuries, as well as civilians who’ve been caught up in the brutality of the war.

It’s not pleasant viewing – at one point the team have to tend to a five-year-old girl named Raheema, who is barely clinging to life. Her left hand was blown off and shrapnel has penetrated her stomach and other hand from a suicide blast, and the doctors work desperately to save her.

The shocking realities of war are furthered hammered home when an air ambulance carrying eight wounded civilians from the same bomb, four of them young children, comes under fire from Taliban machine gunners.

But with news at home dominated by the credit crunch and the cold snap, it’s a timely reminder of what’s being done in our name, and the medical volunteers who are trying to help.
Just been watching the rory bremmner who do you think you are on BBC2

very interesting, his father was a Company commander in WW2, his great grandfather was the interesting one, John Olgivy Surgeon General in the mob, kicked his career off with the crimea

Worth a watch, visits the army medical services museum etc
Anyone watching?
that male nurse (I hope theresan iron) and his mate the radiographer (see his drills with the pistol!) would really get on my tits, unfunny but think they are hilarious.

The LCpl Storey part of the programme is very good.

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