Malta, Republic of
Dr Matthew Psaila MD
Lieutenant Colonel MC
Armed Forces of Malta
Basic Tasks of the Military Medical Service
- Attend to and provide continued medical care to sick military personnel;
- Provide standards for recruitment/retention in the military;
- Give inoculations and vaccinations to military personnel;
- Perform minor surgical interventions/advanced first aid;
- Perform routine medical examinations on specialized personnel (pilots/divers);
- Conduct medical examinations on new recruits (pre-enlistment medicals);
- Sanitation, basic health care and hygiene inspections;
- Assist in medevacs, casevacs and rescue operations;
- Provide medical support in overseas training and deployments;
- Medical/Health and hygiene instruction to troops;
- Advise Commander on medical matters;
- Co-operate with civilian health authorities / civil protection dept. / Red Cross etc.
The Medical Service is integrated in the Head Quarters of the Armed Forces of Malta headed by a Principal Medical Officer in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He is the primary advisor to the Commander AFM and policymaker in the medical field. One central medical centre located at Luqa Barracks, Luqa.
The Armed Forces of Malta has no dedicated Military Hospitals but utilizes the services of Mater Dei Hospital, which is the primary civilian hospital on the island and located at Tal Qroqq. This hospital includes 825 beds and 25 operating theatres.
All medical services officers complete a five year Doctor of Medicine course at the University of Malta and further specialized training is provided in foreign military institutes mainly located in Italy and the United States of America.
Training facilities for assisting/nursing personnel are located within Luqa barracks, Luqa and consist of lecture rooms at the training wing and medical centre facilities. These facilities are used for local courses but assisting/nursing personnel are also sent abroad for training and obtaining the required specialized qualifications in this field.
Foreign Institutes attended by the Armed Forces of Malta, Medical Personnel:
- Scuola di Sanita’ Militare, Florence, Italy.
- Comando Subaquei Incursori, Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine, La Spezia, Italy.
- US Army School of Aviation Medicine, Fort Rucker, Alabama, USA.
- Fort Sam, Medical Institute, Diploma Medical Health Care, Houston, Texas, USA.
- Treatment chain for wounded soldiers initiates with the combat first-aider/combat lifesaver/combat medic on-site, medical officer at role 1, facility and civilian hospital if necessary.
- Basic equipment supplied in the field as for roles 1 and 2 facilities to perform triage and to provide advanced first aid and manage minor sick or injured personnel.
- Protected transport vehicles of the medical service: – none
- Air MedEvac: As regards to Air MedEvac the AFM makes use of the following military helicopters:
- Three Augusta Westland AW 139 helicopters for SAR under “Air Wing” command
- Two AB 212 E helicopters
- Hospital ships: – none
- Experience with active deployment with medical services of other nations: – none to date
The Armed Forces of Malta medical personnel are involved with the Department of Health and the Civil Protection Department on training and simulation exercises. These include:
- Aircraft Accident Plans
- Pandemic-flu Contingency Plans
- Hijack Situations
- Natural Disasters
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