20 Field Dressing Station.
Situation on June 30th 1944
A station located near a combat area for giving first aid to the wounded.
Field Dressing Stations (FDS) where mostly manned by RAMC Medical personal who's job was to "TRIAGE" wounded brought back from the frontline after been treated at a RAP (Regimental Aid Post) which where manned by Infantry soldiers trained in First Aid and basic Nursing duties (Stretcher Bearers) RAPS also had a RAMC Medical Officer who are attached to Regiments their where also RAMC soldiers attached to the fighting units who assisted the MO and helped with the training of the Stretcher Bearers.
Once in a FDS the wounded had there wounds checked and Re-Dressed and some minor treatment would take place i.e.
Fractures stabilised and the control of haemorrhage would take place, Sometimes a Resuscitation officer may intervene and give a Blood or Plasma transfusion or ensure any Airway problems where dealt with also better pain relief was also given at a FDS. Once the wounded where stabilised they could be taken by a RAMC Field Ambulance unit back to a RAMC Field Hospital for further treatment.