Injury or illness in the UK:
If a soldier is unwell or injured whilst in the UK they should report to their Medical Officer (MO) who will treat them accordingly or refer if needed. Soldiers who suffer an injury outside their camp and are taken to A&E must report the incident and any treatment to their MO so that their medical records can be updated accordingly and any sick leave required authorised.
Sickness for less than seven days:
If a soldier is expected to be sick for less than seven days, they will be monitored by their unit and return to work when you are fit to do so. Sick for less than seven days does not come under the Army Recovery Capability.
Sickness for more than seven days:
If a soldier is expected to be absent from duty for more than seven days through injury or illness, their unit will assess their recovery and enter their details into the Army’s Wounded Injured and Sick Management Information System (WISMIS).
Injury or illness on operations:
Soldiers who are wounding or taken ill whilst on operations are immediately admitted to the Camp Bastion hospital and transferred back to the UK for continued treatment if needed. As they are evacuated their details are automatically uploaded onto the WISMIS system, and their unit notified.
Wounded, injured or sick soldiers needing hospital treatment will most likely be admitted to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and later the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court. Both provide world-class medical treatment and rehabilitation. In some cases your loved one will be admitted to a specialist hospital for treatment.
A Military Liaison Officer will monitor your soldier’s progress on a daily basis if they are in hospital and will liaise with their unit Visiting Officer.
No matter what the injury, a Recovery Officer, be it a military liaison officer, unit welfare officer or personnel recovery officer, will visit your loved one at least once every 14 days at their home, hospital or convenient location and update the records on WISMIS.
The case will then be reviewed every 28 days when the Recovery Officer will go through the Individual Recovery Plan with the soldier to check that progress is being made, and update the recommendations if needed.
If your family member is not receiving visits or having their case reviewed, they must speak to their Unit Welfare Officer of Chain of Command.