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Medical Units of 2 NZEF in Middle East and Italy

Camp Hospital Established

Camp Hospital Established

Much pioneering work had still to be done in the camp and in unit areas, and here 4 Field Ambulance and 4 Field Hygiene Section demonstrated an efficiency and keenness which was later to characterise the work of the medical units of the force in all their undertakings. A Camp Hospital of 100 beds was early established by 4 Field Ambulance, in which patients with infectious and venereal diseases were treated.

The hospital began with five large marquees for general sickness, four large marquees for infectious and venereal diseases, and four small tents for administrative purposes. Ambulance members staffed it and built up their knowledge of the care and treatment of the sick. Minor digestive and respiratory system infections were the most common disabilities requiring treatment, while other cases included skin infections and minor injuries. Medical officers were attached as Regimental Medical Officers to the various battalions, field artillery, and other units then in training.

This Camp Hospital continued to function throughout the life of Maadi Camp and was recognised as a separate unit and given a definite establishment later in the year. Its staff, most of whom were eventually posted to other medical units, fulfilled a very useful purpose in caring for the less serious sick patients from the camp.