Defence Medical Services Training Centre

Defence Medical Services Training Centre
Defence Medical Services Training Centre
Country United Kingdom
Type Medical
Role Defence training college
Part of Royal Centre for Defence Medicine
Based at Keogh Barracks, Ash Vale, Aldershot, Hants, GU12 5RQ
Nickname DMSTC Aldershot

The Defence Medical Services Training Centre (DMSTC) is based in Ash Vale, Surrey. It is the training centre of Defence Medical Services. It trains military personnel to deal with situations that civilian paramedics would be involved with; more advanced than first aid.



It was known as the Royal Army Medical Corps Training Centre, later the Army Medical Services Training Cantre. Keogh Barracks has been the headquarters of the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC), and is named after Sir Alfred Keogh. Keogh Barracks has also been the base of the Army Medical Directorate, now in Camberley.

It was part of the Defence Medical Training Organisation which was formed in 1996, and is now part of Defence Medical Services.

There are plans to move the centre and Defence Medical Services to the Whittington Barracks by between 2012-14.[1][2] It will be under the command of the Joint Medical Command.


It trains about 7,000 personnel a year, on a choice of 56 courses, lasting up to 38 weeks each. Courses include Battlefield Advanced Trauma Life Support (BATLS) and Ambulance Technician.


It is a Ministry of Defence Agency that provides Phase 2 training for medical personnel for all three armed forces (Combat Medical Technicians - CMTs and Medical Assistants - MAs), excluding that for medical doctors (from university medical schools). It does offer graduate training.

It has 34 classrooms, a conference centre and a Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Training Wing.

It is sited on Mytchett Place Road just south of Mytchett, to the east of Aldershot, next to the Alton Line railway and near the Ash Vale railway station. It is on the Aldershot to Pirbright road, east of the B3165 junction with the A331.

The Army Medical Services Museum is based at the centre.

The centre trains the:

See also

  • Royal Centre for Defence Medicine in Birmingham
  • Medical Supplies Agency, based at Ludgershall, Wiltshire
  • Defence School of Health Care Studies - trains nurses


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