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1) Stretcher Bearers: ​
Recovered the end and wounded, sometimes under fire. They carried basic medical supplies, bandages and morphine for pain relief.​
There were only 16 bearers per battalion that had thousands of soldiers and it took 4 men to carry a stretcher. ​Had to deal with mud and shell craters.

2) Regimental Aid Post (RAP) ​
Close to the front line where the medical officer would distinguish between the lightly wounded and those who needed proper medical attention where they would either be bandaged and sent back into battle and the rest went to dressing stations for further treatment​. Could be a dugout in the trenches, inside a ruined building or simply behind a wall.

3) Field Ambulance and Dressing Stations ​
A large mobile medical unit and set up dressing stations in tents or derelict buildings. Triage - a system of splitting the wounded into groups based on urgency​. A quarter of a mile behind the front line. Serious cases were sent to CCS by motorised or horse-drawn ambulances.

4) Casualty Clearing Station (CCS): ​
A large well-equipped facility that was 7-12 miles from the fighting situated in tents and huts. By 1917, they had machinery like X-Ray machines, wards for 50 men. Could deal with thousands of men at a time. ​

5) Base Hospitals:​
Civilian Hospitals or large converted buildings near railways in which they could treat 2500 patients at a time. Had operating theatres, laboratories for identifying infections. Even had specialist centres of treating. Often sent back to England in hospital trains.