Rehabilitation is primarily treatment for medical conditions arising from wounding, injury or sickness. It is provided by the Defence Medical Services through the military’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court, but also includes referrals to specialist facilities within both the DMS and the wider NHS.
Rehabilitation is distinct from recovery, which is provided by the Army Recovery Capability, but is often a complementary process. Recovery involves activities to assist the soldier in being able to return to duty or transition into civilian life, which may involve some elements of rehabilitation.
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Operational casualties with injuries that require treatment beyond the facilities in Camp Bastion hospital are evacuated back to the UK to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB). The hospital is operated in partnership with the NHS, and provides state of the art facilities within a military ward to give injured soldiers the best possible care to meet their clinical needs.
All soldiers admitted with a battle injury are met by a Military Liaison Officer (MLO) on arrival at QEHB, with those with a non-battle injury will be seen by an MLO with 24 hours of admission.
Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court
Patients requiring further rehabilitation care can be transferred to the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC), which delivers all aspects of rehabilitation across a wide range of injuries from complex trauma casualties to sports and exercise injuries.