The MoD has signed a £14 million contract with a UK company for potentially lifesaving medical technology.

The kit is a monitor called Tempus Pro, which can be used on land, at sea and in the air to help with emergency treatment for the Armed Forces if they're injured or taken ill on active duty.

For the first time it enables the MoD to use only one monitor for all its pre-hospital care.

Among other things, the machine can take vital signs, assist with administering an anaesthetic and print ID tags bearing vital, up-to-date information on a patient's medical status.

Another advantage of the new device is its light weight.

RAF nurse Sergeant Neil Middleton said of the machine:

"I fly with patients on aircraft so the smaller, sturdier, and robuster the kit, the better for us. Currently, our kit's quite cumbersome."

More than 400 of the machines have been delivered to the Armed Forces so far, with plans for around another 900 to be purchased over the next five years.