Four men in ARP uniform lifting a patient supported in a Neil Robertson stretcher in a demonstration
A patient strapped in the Neil Robertson naval pattern stretcher. Note how the bamboo slats allow the canvas to enfold the patient and yet keep him in a rigid position. The patient can be carried or slung in any position. The stretcher is designed for removing an injured patient from a space where access is too limited to permit the use of regular stretchers. Made of semi-rigid canvas and supported by slats, the Neil Robertson stretcher wraps firmly around the patient and is secured using buckled straps. To prevent the patient from swaying when being lifted or lowered, a guideline can be tied to their ankles. It is still widely used by the Royal and Merchant Navies, and various rescue services, today.