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Royal Centre for Defence Medicine

Royal Centre for Defence Medicine and NHS staff members

The Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (RCDM) provides medical support to military operational deployments and specialist care for members of the armed forces. It is a dedicated training centre for defence personnel with a focus on medical research.

The RCDM is a tri-service establishment with personnel from all three of the armed services. Military staff wear their own distinctive uniforms that vary depending on whether they are serving with the Navy, Army, or Air Force (although some wear a generic green uniform, with rank insignia, depending on the area in which they work).

The RCDM is based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, with defence personnel fully integrated with NHS staff to treat both military and civilian patients. The Trust also holds the contract for providing medical services to military personnel evacuated from overseas via the AeroMed Service.

Last reviewed: 15 February 2022