HMS Aesculapius participating in sea trials
The Aesculapius-class hospital ship is a class of hospital ship designed and built by Maltropian shipwright, the Maritime Imperial. The vessel class is built with the cooperation between the Maritime Imperial and the Nikolian Ministry of Health, where the shipwright is building and designing the vessel, and the Ministry is providing medical equipment from Nikolian suppliers. The first contractor, and currently the only user of this class is the Nikolian Red Cross, which uses the vessel for humanitarian tours to developing countries, or for humanitarian aid.
Design and capabilitiesEdit
The lower eight decks of the Aesculapius-class hospital ships are a modern hospital with state-of-the art medical equipment. The lower decks consist of 12 operating theatres, 35 Intensive Care Units and 500 beds, with possibility of having extra 50 beds when necessary. The vessels also have a CT scanner, four X-ray machines, laboratories and an Ophthalmic unit. In addition to the vessels vast diagnostic capabilities, the physicians can consult with Nikolian medical institutes via the satellite communications.
The upper decks are technical, and non-medical part of the vessel. The upper decks have room for around 800 crew members, including medical staff, families, couples and individuals. There is a school for all ages up to last year of high school, a day care, a restaurant and a cafe, a library, a Gymnasium, a small supermarket and a launderette. The vessels also contain a fleet of 28 vehicles that are usually used in land-based operations, such as screening camps.
Medical and Surgical careEdit
As of February 2016 there are five vessels in active service: