Vietnamese Hospital Unit Relieve RAF On UN Mission in South Sudan
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How To Run A Field Hospital: RAF Prepare Vietnamese Team For South Sudan

Thirty RAF medics deployed to South Sudan as part of Operation Trenton last July but their time in the war-torn nation has come to an end.

Vietnamese Hospital Unit Relieve RAF On UN Mission in South Sudan

Members of the Vietnamese Hospital Unit are welcomed by the RAF (Picture: MOD).

British Royal Air Force medics are training a team from Vietnam to run a field hospital in South Sudan.

The Vietnamese Hospital Unit has arrived in South Sudan for their first major deployment in support of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). 

The unit will be based in Bentiu, South Sudan, where they will take over the running of the Role 2 Hospital from the RAF Medical Services.

Thirty RAF medics deployed there as part of Operation Trenton in July this year but their time in the war-torn nation has come to an end.

So far, the British-run field hospital has treated nearly 1,800 UN military personnel and civilian staff since it was opened in early 2017.

Currently, members of the Vietnam Hospital Unit are engaged in an extensive handover process with their British counterparts – some of whom have been there over a year.

Squadron Leader Scott Fitzgerald, Officer Commanding of the RAF led Role 2 Hospital said: "We have had a great time sharing our experiences and clinical knowledge with the Vietnamese medics since they arrived in South Sudan, and have been able to highlight opportunities and challenges about the environment that we have worked in."

Vietnamese Hospital Unit Relieve RAF On UN Mission in South Sudan
Members of the Vietnamese Hospital Unit tour their new workspace with members of the RAF (Picture: MOD).

The UK Engineer Task Force began building a bespoke Level 2 Hospital earlier in 2018 and it is expected the Vietnamese Hospital Unit will be able to move out of their temporary, tented accommodation into the new building in the near future.

Captain Tom Bolitho, Second in Command of Bentiu Engineering group said: "The hospital is now over 85% complete and we are awaiting the final resources to be able to complete the project as soon as possible.

"The new hospital provides the same level of medical and clinical care as any Level 2 facility anywhere else in the world."

Lieutenant Colonel Thian, Commanding Officer of the Vietnamese Level 2 Hospital, said: "The UK has supported us very much; they have sent experts to Vietnam and have shown us many things such as how to prepare and run a field hospital.

"They have assisted in providing us with accommodation and helping with our cargo and we are very thankful for their help."