Anetic Aid theatre equipment is used all over the world, but the furthest south it can be found is undoubtedly onboard the ice-strengthened British Antarctic Survey ship, the RRS James Clark Ross and its sister logistics ship, the RRS Ernest Shackleton.
British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) based in Cambridge, where it has undertaken the majority of Britain's scientific research on and around the Antarctic continent for almost 60 years.
As well as its advanced facilities for oceanographic research, the RRS James Clark Ross has a sick bay where a slightly modified QA3 patient trolley is sited. The modification is to ensure that the trolley can be secured, to ensure the safety of any patient in high seas. There is a similar facility onboard the RRS Ernest Shackleton.
Both ships set sail from the UK in September/October each year and return the following May/June. After annual maintenance, including servicing of QA3 trolleys, the RRS James Clark Ross undertakes scientific research on behalf of BAS and other organisations (in the Arctic and Antarctic) while RRS Ernest Shackleton is chartered into commercial survey work. At the end of this northern summer work they will load cargo and science equipment in the Humber for return to the Antarctic.
Photograph courtesy of BAS