Royal Centre for Defence Medicine
Official Charity Partner
The Royal Centre for Defence Medicine is the primary receiving unit for all military patients that are injured overseas. In addition to operational casualties the unit also treats non-operational casualties from around the world and routine referrals from the West Midlands Region. It is a truly joint and combined unit, working in partnership with the University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHBFT) and a number of other NHS hospitals in the Birmingham area.
Since June 2010 all operational casualties are treated in the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. This carefully designed and built teaching hospital has over 1200 beds and up to 100 critical care beds which makes it the largest in Europe and was recently opened by Her Majesty the Queen. The combined experience of the military medical staff and the civilian doctors, nurses and allied health professionals working together means we strive to deliver the best care in the country.
All our efforts are focused on supporting our patients and their immediate family throughout their treatment in Birmingham. As well as the clinical needs, RCDM also look after patients’ administrative and welfare requirements. Free accommodation is provided for families in the nearby, SSAFA run, Norton House and local hotels. This is set to be enhanced in early 2013 by the opening of Fisher House, a purpose-built “home from home” facility with 18 luxuriously appointed double rooms. The UHBFT Charity has been instrumental in this valuable project and continues to raise funds for the longer term running of the house.