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Lecture with Dr Emily Mayhew and Major Dafydd Edwards
Cockburn Lecture Theatre, 2nd Floor, QEQM Building, St Mary's Hospital
26 August, 12.30pm-1.30pm (refreshments from 12noon)

"From Battlefield to Bastion to Blighty, 1914 - 2014:  an extraordinary century of military medicine."

art lecturesmallThe remarkable achievements made by the casualties and staff of Field Hospital Camp Bastion are well known. They are not, however,  unique. The system of clinically capable forward medical facilities was created a century ago during the First World War from scratch by medics living and working within the sound of the guns on the front line. In this talk, Dr Emily Mayhew, a historian of military medicine, will explain how the infrastructure was developed and operated on the Western Front, transforming survival rates for the wounded as well as the ideas and principles that are still a feature of British casualty provision today. Major Dafydd Edwards, an Army orthopaedic and trauma surgeon who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, will discuss his experience of providing medical and surgical care, and draw comparisons with his colleagues at work at war a century before. There remain significant problems to be resolved for the long-term health and wellbeing of military casualties - problems that were first identified after the Great War, and which are now being investigated within pioneering interdisciplinary departments at Imperial College."

Dr Emily Mayhew is Historian in Residence in the Department of Bioengineering, where she works with the clinicians and scientists of the Centre for Blast Injury Studies. She is the author of "Wounded: From Battlefield to Blighty" and is currently working on a Wellcome-commissioned history of casualty from Britain's recent conflict in Afghanistan.

Major Dafydd Edwards graduated from St.Thomas’s Hospital, London, in 2000 and after completing his junior doctor training, he deployed as a Regimental Medical Officer supporting the 7th Armoured Brigade Battle Groups during the second Gulf War. He has seen four operational tours in Iraq and Afghanistan serving in all deployable roles from far forward to Field Hospital and as the Military Registrar at Role 4, University Hospital Birmingham.

Having witnessed first-hand the effect of Improvised Explosive Devices on soldiers while deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and after passing his Fellowship exams for the Royal College of Surgeons, he is now undertaking a doctorate in Blast Bioengineering at the Royal British Legion Centre for Blast Injury Studies prior to Consultancy. He is studying the clinical outcomes and complications of Amputees from the recent conflict in Afghanistan. The work has recently led him to being awarded the position of Honorary Research Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and the Army Medical Services Montefiore Medal.

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We'd love to hear from anyone who wants to share their positive experience at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Your life may have been saved by staff at one of the Trust's five hospitals in London, or your child may have been cared for by nurses who always went the extra mile for them. It could even be that your treatment was made more pleasant by the artworks we have throughout the hospitals.

If you're fundraising for the charity, please tell us as well as so that we can help with your publicity and make sure your fundraising is maximised through the media. Your story can motivate and inspire others to get involved with us and raise awareness of our work.

What does this involve?

The stories we get may appear on our website or Facebook page, in a newsletter or in a newspaper. Simply tell us what you’re comfortable with and we will respect that - you are in control and you can always choose not to help with particular requests.

What might I be asked to do?

This can vary between simply talking to the communications manager, who will write your story up and put it on the website, through to talking to a local newspaper. We will get in touch if we receive a request you may be able to help with. A willingness to be open about your experience always helps.

What information will I need to share?

In the majority of cases, aside from the story you have, it will be sharing your name, town, age and a recent photograph so we can have a face to a name. Where possible, we will try and link your story to a piece of research or a service that the charity has funded. It’s worth talking to members of your family about this first to make sure that they are comfortable with it too.

What do I need to do?

Simply email our Communications Officer, Jack, or call us on 020 3857 9857. You can even drop us a message on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

“It was an early morning in March when the wheels of my motorbike slipped on the loose gravel and road works that were going on. The stand of the bike went through the top of my foot and ripped a large hole out of it, severing my tendons, ligaments and bones. I was immediately taken to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital’s A&E department and then was transferred that evening to Hammersmith Hospital where I stayed for two weeks. During that time I had four major operations transplanting parts from my arm and leg to rebuild my damaged foot. I was very badly injured and was on crutches for two months after being discharged. In the following two years I had a further five operations to fix my foot, arm and leg. If it wasn’t for the team at that hospital, I wouldn’t be walking again let alone running the London Marathon. I have a lot to be grateful and thankful for so the least I can do to say thank you is try to raise money for Imperial Health Charity.”

Andrew Barnes, a former patient and runner in the London Marathon 2013

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