Afghanistan hero medics’ civic honour

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MEDICS from a Sheffield-based Territorial Army regiment who have spent the last three months in Afghanistan are being honoured by the city’s Lord Mayor.

Coun Alan Law has agreed to host a civic tea party at the Town Hall for members of 212 Field Hospital, based at Endcliffe Hall.

The volunteers, whose day jobs are at NHS hospitals such as the Royal Hallamshire and Northern General, have dealt with around 1,500 casualties while running the British military hospital at Camp Bastion, in Helmand Province.

They were deloyed there in January and returned home to the UK at the weekend.

During their time in the war zone, the regiment had to deal with horrifically-wounded patients, many of whom had suffered injuries including amputations. The medics dealt with soldiers and even members of the Taliban. They also treated many civilian casualties including children.

A Sheffield Council spokeswoman said: “In recognition of the efforts of 212 Field Hospital, the Lord Mayor has agreed to host an informal tea party for members of the regiment, in recognition of their service during their deployment to Afghanistan.”

The tour of duty was the second time in four years that the medics have been sent to the war zone, having previously run Camp Bastion hospital in 2007.