Manchester medics arrive at Polish-Ukrainian border to help refugees from war with Russia

As Manchester based frontline medical aid charity, UK-Med launch an urgent appeal, we’ve been along to the warehouse to see what goes on behind the scenes.

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A team of volunteer medics has arrived on the Polish-Ukrainian border to help those injured in the conflict.

Five medics from Manchester-based frontline medical aid charity, UK-Med, are looking to establish a field hospital to help refugees.

As two million people flee to Ukraine’s neighbouring countries, UK-Med has launched an appeal to raise funds to provide emergency healthcare.

The team hopes to get as far east in Ukraine as possible from Lviv towards Vinnytsia. UK-Med staff and medical register members are coordinating with the UN and other agencies.

The charity says the situation in Ukraine and for those who have fled is desperate, with freezing temperatures at night and the World Health Organisation (WHO)reporting a serious shortage of oxygen in the country.

Of the millions of people who have fled the country already, many have left with just the clothes on their back and a few possessions. 

Collections are continuing across the North West to send essential items to Poland and other countries on Ukraine’s border.

The EU estimates the total number of displaced people heading for Ukraine’s neighbouring countries could reach as many as four million people.