Key to deploying forces in the future will be the provision of a rapidly deployable Deployed Hospital Capability. Developing this capability has been the focus of 34 Field Hospital and 2nd Medical Brigade over the last 18 months and this paper describes a personal account of this development work to date. Future contingent Deployed Hospital Capability must meet the requirements of Defence; that is to be rapidly deployable delivering a hospital standard of care. The excellence seen in clinical delivery on recent operations is intensive; in personnel, equipment, infrastructure and sustainment. The challenge in developing a coherent capability has been in balancing the clinical capability and capacity against strategic load in light of recent advances in battlefield medicine. This paper explores the issues encountered and solutions found to date in reconstituting a Very High Readiness Deployed Hospital Capability.
- Health Services Administration & Management
- Received January 24, 2014.
- Revision received February 28, 2014.
- Accepted March 7, 2014.
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