A network of 10 trauma centres across the UK has been set up to provide care for veterans. They bring NHS doctors who have military experience together with veterans to try and offer care specific to ex-Army personnel. Matt Weston was a sapper with 33 Engineer Regiment. He was a bomb disposal expert clearing a road in southern Afghanistan when he was severely injured in an explosion. This centre has, as he explains to Sima Kotecha from the Today programme, changed his life.
NHS reorganisations are not very popular - but Tom Locke probably owes his life to one. The 41-year-old was inspecting pigeon nests on his roof at home in Hythe on the Kent coast last October when disaster struck. He fell from his ladder on his balcony plummeting three storeys on to his patio below, breaking his leg, arm, wrist, shoulder and every bone in his face. But rather than being taken to a local hospital he was ferried by air ambulance to London's King's College Hospital more than 60 miles away. According to doctors who treated him, the decision saved his life.
Research shows that someone experiencing trauma is six times as likely to experience behavior problems and 2.6 times more likely to fail a grade, said Meg Dowd, Just Born corporate communications specialist. In the workforce, if a co-worker experiences a traumatic event, you'd send them home or suggest they take the day off, but we don't do the same for our children, she said.
Martinez's partner, who had suffered similar injuries, radioed for help while the two were investigating a report of activity on Nov. 18 outside of Van Horn, about 110 miles (175 kilometers) southeast of El Paso and about 30 miles (50 kilometers) from the border with Mexico. Martinez died at a hospital a few hours later. His partner has recovered, but investigators say he doesn't remember what happened.