On Thursday 19 December, The Prince of Wales visited with patients and staff at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (RCDM) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. His Royal Highness met with medical personnel and members of the public in the hospital’s atrium before he went on to visit with patients privately.
“The RCDM is the initial receiving unit for all military patients that are wounded abroad. In addition to operational casualties, the hospital also accepts non-operational casualties from around the world and routine military referrals from the West Midlands Region,” stated Clarence House.
This will be Prince Charles’ tenth visit to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. In June 2013, Charles opened Fisher House UK which is considered a “home away from home” for military patients along with their families who are recuperating at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
In 2012, the Royal made a pre-Christmas stop to meet with injured servicemen and women. On his visit he met with 16 patients from the armed forces who were in the trauma and neurological wards.
“This is what helps count towards them getting better. It’s a morale boost for everyone,” Matron of the neurological science ward, Davina Thomas commentated about Charles’ visits via the hospital website.
“Prince Charles is incredibly human and spends a lot of time sitting with the patients and families. They get a huge amount of support from that,” commented Wing Commander Teresa Griffiths, in charge of 200 military nurses.
“It’s something he’s very passionate about. He’s very keen to show his support obviously to the troops here and also to the support teams of both military personnel and civilian personnel,” a spokesperson from Clarence House noted.