For the first time, cameras have been allowed into the UK’s new Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC).
The £300 million facility at Stanford Hall, near Loughborough, took over from Headley Court last autumn and was formally gifted to the nation by the Duke of Cambridge last year.
The centre primarily offers support to serving forces personnel, while some veterans who are experiencing issues with their prosthetics are able to apply for access.
The policy has led to a military charity calling for veterans to be given more access to treatment at the DMRC, rather than only those with prosthetic problems.
Defence minister Tobias Ellwood told Forces News that the NHS is ready to “provide support” to veterans who are in need.
Staff Sergeant Steve Sampher, who is still recovering from losing a leg in Afghanistan, said “everything is purpose-made for us patients”.
“If we wanted to use a big gym like this [at Headley Court], we would have to go on a ramp or jump on one of the buggies to go the main gym,” he said.
(Forces Network News, 15th May 2019)