Belgian army Medical Component deploys its new field hospital


This week, the Belgian army’s Medical Component deployed its new "Role 2 Enhanced" field hospital in Leopoldsburg. This is the largest purchase ever made by the Medical Component.
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The Belgian army’s Medical Component deployed its new "Role 2 Enhanced" field hospital in Leopoldsburg (Picture source: Twitter account of DGMR)


This deployment is an integration check of the field hospital with specialists from the various medical entities. Medical, field and logistics equipment s are deployed, tested and subjected to quantitative and qualitative controls as specified in the specifications. More than fifty tents form such a Role 2 have been deployed with complete modules such as surgery, intensive care, anesthesia, physiotherapy, x-ray service, etc.

Role 2 support is normally provided usually at Brigade or higher level, though it may be provided farther forward, depending upon the operational requirements. In general, it will be prepared to provide evacuation from Role/Echelon 1 facilities, triage and resuscitation, treatment and holding of patients until they can be returned to duty or evacuated, and emergency dental treatment. Though normally this level will not include surgical capabilities, certain operations may require their augmentation with the capabilities to perform emergency surgery and essential post-operative management. In this case, they will be often referred to as Role 2+. In the maritime forces, Echelon 2 is equivalent to the land forces' Role 2+, as a surgical team is integral to this echelon. Maritime echelon 2 support is normally found on major war vessels and some larger logistics or support vessels, and at some Forward Logistics Sites (FLS).


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The Belgian army’s Medical Component deployed its new "Role 2 Enhanced" field hospital in Leopoldsburg (Picture source: Facebook account of the Medical Component)


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The Belgian army’s Medical Component deployed its new "Role 2 Enhanced" field hospital in Leopoldsburg (Picture source: Facebook account of the Medical Component) 


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The Belgian army’s Medical Component deployed its new "Role 2 Enhanced" field hospital in Leopoldsburg (Picture source: Facebook account of the Medical Component)


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The Belgian army’s Medical Component is equipped with FN P90 (Picture source: Peter Leduc/Comopsmed Delcom)


 The Medical Component is commanded by a major general and has the following organization:
* Medical Component Operational Command (COMOPSMED), in Evere (Brussels)
* Medical Component Competence Centre, in Neder-Over-Heembeek.
* Queen Astrid Military Hospital, in Neder-Over-Heembeek.
* 14th Medical Battalion, in Peutie and Lombardsijde. Headquarters and Services Company, 3x medical companies (one company supports the Air Component, one company supports the Maritime Component, and one Paracommando qualified company supports the Special Operations Regiment).
* 23rd Medical Battalion, in Leopoldsburg and Marche-en-Famenne. Headquarters and Services Company, 3x medical companies (supporting the Land Component including units of the Motorized Brigade).
* 5th Medical Supplies and Distribution Element, in Nivelles.


 

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