The Last UK Military Hospital to close

#1
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/n...military-hospital-unit-to-close-14578136.html

DCU as is, or MW MPH as was is to close

Copied from the latest copy of Soldier Magazine

The Duke of Connaught Unit, formerly the Military Wing, Musgrave park Hospital, will close early this year. It is intended that the closure will be marked by a suitable event.
If you served in DCU or MW MPH, or were an operational casualty treated in either and would wish to attend this event, then please send details, including full address and connection to DCU/MW MPH to:

RQMS
DCU Mil Hospital Unit
BFPO 801

or email: DCU-RQMS@mod.uk


A sad sad day
 
#2
Is it closing because of Anton? :)
 
#3
I'll be staffing the last shift there and covering the ward on the day of the service.

It's a bit sad seeing all the pictures, plaques etc slowly vanishing from the walls, particularly as I'm on my second post there and remember it from when it provided cover for 15'000+ troops.
 
#4
Seem to remember as I was leaving there was a contract to spend lots of money upgrading it and giving electronic links back to CDM did these happen and now closing or were they scrapped early. Seem to remember there was a project team as well. Sorry to see all of the units now gone.
 
#5
DCU to close 01/04/10

Don't for get though that MDHU(Po) is also closing down.
 
#9
As it's been commented on before that every unit I served in has either been disbanded or closed down, I'd like to state for the record that I never served at MPH!

A sad day nonetheless.
 
#10
Jacques_Bustard said:
Are there any plans to place a memorial to the 2 soldiers killed by a PIRA bomb there in 1991?


The memorial stone
Found during the rebuild work, and place above where the bomb exploded.

I'd hope that the memorial is moved, as all memorials from closed camps have been, to the memorial Garden within Palace Barracks
 
#11
You should have known that as soon as they started work on building new theatres it was the beginning of the end!

I did 5 years and 6 weeks in NI (6 weeks at DCU) and loved the time at the DCU, anyone here remember the joint Officers and Seniors Regt Dinner that ended up as a 'naked bar' in the theatre coffee room?
 
#13
Bedpan2zero said:
Jacques_Bustard said:
Are there any plans to place a memorial to the 2 soldiers killed by a PIRA bomb there in 1991?


The memorial stone
Found during the rebuild work, and place above where the bomb exploded.

I'd hope that the memorial is moved, as all memorials from closed camps have been, to the memorial Garden within Palace Barracks
The QM will be all over this (previous Corps RSM)
 
#14
I have no doubt in the Big Mans capability - I'm more than sure the QM and the committee will have it in hand

Here is a pic of the aftermath of the explosion - you can clearly see the blast wave


and here is the plaque that was placed in Palace Barracks Memorial Garden
 
#15
A sad day, not just because it is the Mil Wing and my friend Phil was killed there but because it is the last remaining Military Hospital and stands to remind us all how much the Services have been let down by the closure of these facilities. They may not have had the technical expertise concentrated into Selly Oak but they had the Service ethos and was were 'family' came to be looked after by 'family'.

In Arduis Fidelis fugitivus in pacis
 
#16
Markintime said:
A sad day, not just because it is the Mil Wing and my friend Phil was killed there but because it is the last remaining Military Hospital and stands to remind us all how much the Services have been let down by the closure of these facilities. They may not have had the technical expertise concentrated into Selly Oak but they had the Service ethos and was were 'family' came to be looked after by 'family'.

In Arduis Fidelis fugitivus in pacis
But they did at the QEMH, at least they did in my time. That was the base the specialists worked from and they used to go out to the BMH's for a week at a time for specialist clinics. Completely agree with you, keeping things "inhouse", everyone has a much better understanding of what the situation is that the patient has come from and that can only help in the treatment, not just physically but mentally and emotionally.
 
#17
Grey_Mafia65 said:
Markintime said:
A sad day, not just because it is the Mil Wing and my friend Phil was killed there but because it is the last remaining Military Hospital and stands to remind us all how much the Services have been let down by the closure of these facilities. They may not have had the technical expertise concentrated into Selly Oak but they had the Service ethos and was were 'family' came to be looked after by 'family'.

In Arduis Fidelis fugitivus in pacis
But they did at the QEMH, at least they did in my time. That was the base the specialists worked from and they used to go out to the BMH's for a week at a time for specialist clinics. Completely agree with you, keeping things "inhouse", everyone has a much better understanding of what the situation is that the patient has come from and that can only help in the treatment, not just physically but mentally and emotionally.
There certainly was available expertise prior to Selly Oak and depending on the current ops was experienced in most forms of battle injury but most of the expertise was faily spread out between the hospitals and the BAOR hospitals saw little GSW or blast injuries, if any at all. However, medical people are extremely quick to learn and adapt and a constant stream of casualties shared between the UK hospitals would have ensured a good spread of the necessary skills and experience.
Nowadays if you spend time on the surgical team at Selly Oak you become highly skilled but then what happens? You move to Frimley and back to orthopaedics and hernias? Because the more serious casualties will never be sent to an MDHU you have highly trained people wasting their skills unless they do a tour, but you can't be on tour all the time. So inevitably their will be skill fade. The same is true all through the disciplines and trades, you may gain intense training by being at Selly Oak but that is the only place you'll ever get to use it which seems an awful waste.
 
#18
Markintime said:
A sad day, not just because it is the Mil Wing and my friend Phil was killed there but because it is the last remaining Military Hospital and stands to remind us all how much the Services have been let down by the closure of these facilities. They may not have had the technical expertise concentrated into Selly Oak but they had the Service ethos and was were 'family' came to be looked after by 'family'.

In Arduis Fidelis fugitivus in pacis
Markintime

Couldn't agree more and during my time at CMH and QEMH we did have a lot of expertise, which I'm sure could have been continued by treating local civilian casualties and in-patients.

Phil was my CSM at MWMPH in 89 to 90 and I will always remember him and his family.

Another sad day for our Corps when this unit closes.
 

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