This is my first time supporting a disaster relief operation and being here in a medical role is incredibly rewarding

Medical Assistant Marine Kieran Stubbings

"We have seen numerous patients with wounds varying from cuts and bruising to serious limb lacerations," said medical assistant Marine Kieran Stubbings.

"This is my first time supporting a disaster relief operation and being here in a medical role is incredibly rewarding."

He and his comrades created a temporary treatment room in Road Town's police station, with equipment ranging from emergency lifesaving defibrillator to wound dressings and pain relief.

"This is my first time supporting a disaster relief operation and being here in a medical role is incredibly rewarding."

Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Matheson has paid countless visits to Peebles already, examining the facilities, liaising with Tortola's health care professionals and assessing what medical supplies. He explained of the impressive resilience and hard work of the hospital staff.

"I examined the Intensive Therapy Unit only days after Irma hit - it was functioning, clean and comparable to a UK hospital unit. They're doing a fantastic job and we'll continue to support in whatever capacity we can."

In addition to the relatively-small medical teams aboard Mounts Bay and with 40 Commando, 18 members of the RN's Role 2 Afloat Medical Team - who typically stabilise/operate on battlefield casualties with the most serious injuries before they can be transferred to field hospitals - flew out to the Caribbean on Monday.