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The Last FST in Oman

A.H. Osborne and D.G. Raitt
Journal of the Royal Naval Medical Services  Vol 64 Winter 1978  167 - 176
 
This FST was the only Joint Services FST. It was fifteen strong.
 
The Surgeon / Officer Commanding was from the Royal Navy.
 
The Anaesthetist was from the Royal Air Force.
 
The Resuscitation and Dental Officer was from the Royal Army Dental Corps.
 
The remainder of the team was from the RAMC;
 
    OTTS   (4)  
  Radiographer   (1)  
  Lab Technician   (1)  
   SRNs       (2)  
  SENs     (3)  
  WO I   (1)  
 
(Only the MOD could dream up such a combination and label it "Joint Services" ! Imagine the negotiations and politicking between the three services  as they sought to put the team together!)FWJdeB
 
Their main problem was supply - fortnightly C130. A lack of provision of nitrous oxide for eight weeks occurred through a failure to re-establish a cancellation of supply when it was thought that the FST was going to close. This obviously had  a bearing on the anaesthetic techniques used.
 
The REs maintained their fleet of two ambulances,a Landrover and a "beach buggy"
 
Accommodation now "consisted of seven large tin huts"
 
918 outpatients were seen at the FST and a further 170 at Umm-Al-Guariff.
321 admissions to hospital
 
715 X-Ray examinations were made - 1041 exposures
 
655 Laboratory examinations were performed
 
200 dental  cases were attended to.
 
101 elective non-battle surgical operations were performed           e.g. inguinal hernia, meniscectomy etc
 
26 non-battle emergency procedures           e.g. perforated DU, intussusception
 
34 primary trauma operations           e.g. RTAs
 
37 secondary procedures           e.g. DPS and removal of fixation devices
13 primary battle casualties were treated          e.g. shrapnel and gunshot wounds
 
31 secondary battle casualty procedures           e.g. DPS etc
 
239 operations in a four and a half month period.      i.e. 18% battle related
 
 
 
 
It was customary during the Napoleonic wars that the Prize Money that was awarded when enemy ships were captured was divided amongst the crew of the ship according to rank.
 
I understand, from two independent sources that when the FST was finally closed down all the equipment that had been signed for was returned to the MOD
 
That which had not been signed for or was declared u/s, which I am told included two l********s the proceeds of these disposals were then divided according to rank in the best RN tradition....