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Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT): 24 hours in pictures

June 3, 2011

Camp Bastion is home to the Role 3 Hospital and the Medical Emergency Response Team, or MERT. Sgt Alison Baskerville Royal Logistics Corps (RLC) is the Op HERRICK 14 Combat Camera Team photographer, also based at Camp Bastion.

A few weeks ago Ali was given the exclusive right to follow the MERT through one of their gruelling 24-hour shifts.

With Ali’s powerful imagery and a commentary by the Emergency Department Nurse, Flight Sergeant Tony Kyle, follow the amazing story of the MERT Doctor, Major Claire Hayes-Bradley and Paramedics Flight Lieutenant Michelle Sanderson and Corporal Matthew Purssey.

This piece can also be found on the BBC 1Xtra website as part of DJ Tim Westwood’s visit to Camp Bastion in Helmand Province, or on our UK Forces Afghanistan You Tube page.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 4, 2011 20:14

    I’ve typed many comments after viewing your video, but no amount of words really expressed what I wanted to say so I will just say THANK YOU.

  2. Thomas Hope permalink
    June 5, 2011 18:36

    Best in the world….thank you.

  3. Sam Jones permalink
    June 7, 2011 00:41

    You are all so highly thought of -even if sometimes it doesn’t feel like it. Thank you, from an NHS paramedic X

  4. rita abdurrahman permalink
    June 8, 2011 11:11

    These wonderful men and women of our armed services are a true inspiration and are in my prayers every night. God bless them all.

  5. Tom Thompson permalink
    October 24, 2011 08:55

    I would like to extend my family’s thanks and appreciation to the MERT crew who evacuated my son and three other US Marines from Sangin to Camp Bastion. This was done while a firefight was going on in the LZ. It took place 5/22/11 in the morning, B Company of the 1/5 Marines was the unit. All four Marines survived and are in various stages of recovery. If there’s any way I could contact the MERT crew I would like to know that. Please pass on my contact info, you have my permission to do so.

    One of the Marines wounded along with my son told me the Brits are best pilots in Afghanistan. They come in hard and fast to do the medevac and put out fire as needed. It worked that day, all four Marines are recovering at various stages. I know that there have been cases in Afghanistan where medevacs delayed because US SOP wouldn’t allow them to go in to a hot LZ and lives were lost. Thank you MERT and Camp Bastion Medical Team, my son and the others are alive due to your efforts! God Bless!

  6. Mary Francis permalink
    February 18, 2013 02:50

    Total respect!

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