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NHS sends expert trauma care team to help Gaza victims

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NHS England announced on Saturday that a team of NHS nurses and doctors were on their way to help people affected by the deepening crisis in Gaza.

The first 14-strong team will be made up of nurses, paramedics, anaesthetists and surgeons with expertise in emergency medicine, orthopaedic trauma and plastic surgery. 

“Our expert teams will be treating hundreds of those injured on the ground”

Bruce Keogh

The NHS team will initially be based with Medical Aid for Palestinians at the Al Mokassed Hospital in East Jerusalem until access to Gaza is possible.

The 14 specialists will co-ordinate with local health authorities, charities, the United Nations and the Red Crescent.

Gaza Strip

The Gaza Strip

NHS England medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh said: “Our expert teams will be treating hundreds of those injured on the ground. 

“However, we have made arrangements for the most severely injured children to be brought to the UK to be treated at one of the 16 trauma centres in England,” he said. 

He added: “I would like to thank those who are going to the region to help, but I would also like to extend my gratitude to all of the doctors, nurses and paramedics who have cancelled leave and changed their holiday plans to allow their colleagues to do this most important, life-saving work.”

Bruce Keogh

All of the clinicians being deployed are listed in the UK International Emergency Trauma Register.

Nurses and doctors wanting to volunteer in the coming week should register with the organisation UK Med.

UK-Med was established in 1995 to help provide health workers to support hospitals in Sarajevo during the Balkans war and has subsequently despatched teams to a range of countries and crises.

It originally grew out of the South Manchester Accident Rescue Team, which responded to earthquakes in Armenia and Iran, as well as the Kurdish refugee crisis on the Iran-Iraq border.

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