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UK Role 4 Military Infection Services: past, present and future
  1. Ngozi E Dufty1,2 and
  2. M S Bailey1,2
  1. 1Department of Sexual Health, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham, UK
  2. 2Department of Military Medicine, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Lt Col Mark S Bailey, Department of Infection & Tropical Medicine, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Bordesley Green East, Birmingham B9 5ST, UK; markbailey{at}nhs.net

Abstract

NATO describes ‘Role 4’ military medical services as those provided for the definitive care of patients who cannot be treated within a theatre of operations and these are usually located in a military force's country of origin and may include the involvement of civilian medical services. The UK Defence Medical Services have a proud history of developing and providing clinical services in infectious diseases and tropical medicine, sexual health and HIV medicine, and medical microbiology and virology. These UK Role 4 Military Infection Services have adapted well to recent overseas deployments, but new challenges will arise due to current military cutbacks and a greater diversity of contingency operations in the future. Further evidence-based development of these services will require leadership by military clinicians and improved communication and support for ‘reach-back’ services.

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Tropical Medicine
  • Genitourinary Medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Virology
  • Received April 17, 2013.
  • Accepted April 18, 2013.

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