Most Injured Afghan Veteran Gets Innovative Treatment in Scotland

Monday, 19th January 2014

Ben Parkinson, the most injured British soldier to have returned from Afghanistan, arrived at Castle Craig Hospital in the Scottish Borders today for a month’s treatment in Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT).

“We are hoping for minor improvements in Ben’s speech and memory,” said Dr Max Volino, the manager of Castle Craig’s HBOT unit.

Ben Parkinson MBE, a paratrooper from Doncaster, was almost killed by a landmine blast in Afghanistan in 2006. He survived the blast but suffered severe head injuries, lost both his legs and broke his back, hips and ribs.

Pilgrim Bandits, a charity for injured servicemen that looks after Ben Parkinson, issued a statement today saying they are the first military charity for pay for Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment (HBOT).  

Mike Witt, the spokesman for Pilgrim Bandits, said: “We have been researching HBOT for some time now believing that the only provision was in the US.  Unbeknown to us, the world leading authority was right here in the UK: the HBOT Trust in Scotland.”


1. Peter McCann, Chairman, Castle Craig Hospital, West Linton, Scotland EH46 7DH Switchboard: 01721 722 763, Direct line: 01721 725 362; Website:

2. Deborah Risbridger, Media Officer, Pilgrim Bandits, Unit 3 & 4 Shelly Farm, Shelley Lane, Ower, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 6AS. Telephone: 01425 465 600; Website:

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