November 30th, 2016
Mr. Amin Chand, housekeeping staff wins the Champa Rani memorial employee of the year award. This award is given every year in memory of late Ms. Champa Rani, pharmacy staff who was taken from us in 2010. She exemplified an ideal employee and this award is given by staff selection every year.
This year Mr. Amin Chand won it hands down. Congratulations Amin!
This award is given for the following characteristics:
- On time for work habitually
- Never absent without prior information
- Always cheerful and very good relationships with colleagues and patients
- Very compassionate and polite in all dealings
- Does work very responsibly and with minimum mistakes
- Accountable always for her work, and owns up to any mistake that might happen in the course of work, accepting responsibility for it.
- Does not gossip at the workplace about any one else
- Does not speak unnecessarily at the work place about others
- Always available and willing to adjust to need of the institution as required
- Very faithful to learn new procedures and protocols and use them in work
November 8th, 2016
The Global surgery network is a consortium across 28 countries that have come together to enter their data onto a preliminary study of surgical infections that has served as baseline data working towards a multi centric global randomised controlled trial studying surgical site infections. The organisers, the University of Birmingham, UK, had hosted the participant countries to its structuring meeting in Birmingham from 7th and 8th November in Birmingham.
The Lady Willingdon hospital, although a very small hospital, had qualified and contributed to this initial data set and is part of this trial.
The trial is it its very initial planning stage, and it probably is like a journey of a thousand miles, but the manali mission hospital has put its foot in together with many others into the first step.
More will be reported about this in the years to come.
We are very grateful to the University of Birmingham faculty for this opportunity.
October 24th, 2016
An eye camp was held in LWH Manali. Dr. Nitin Batra, head of the department of ophthalmology conducted outpatient clinic and operated on patients here in our hospital. We are very grateful for this association which permits patients to access eye surgery here.
September 8th, 2016
Kaaza in Spiti is the largest town in the Spiti valley, rapidly becoming a tourist destination for adventure tourism. Every year, increasing numbers of avid motorcyclists brave the rough and inhospitable terrain, with much bravado, while the residents who face these harsh conditions every day of their lives watch their dust trails in placid acceptance. Indeed, placid acceptance of life with all its inclement elements is the character of the archetype Spitian. Deprived of any access to specialized surgical or medical care, twelve thousand people in the villages dotting the moonscape wilderness live cognizant that any life threatening illness will mean death if they cannot leave the valley in time.
In continuity with our camps of the past years, the Lady Willingdon Hospital assembled a specialized team of professionals to provide surgical services to these people. Dr. Anju Aggarwal, gynaecologist from Delhi and her husband Dr. Sanjeev Tanwar, who juggles two hats of sonologist and anesthetist, Dr. Narjit Osaha, senior consultant Anesthetist from CMC Ludhiana, Dr. Avika Kanathia and Dr. Vaishu Verghese eye surgeons from CMC Ludhiana with their team of eye technicians Santhokh Singh and Anil Kumar, were the specialists providing their services on this camp. All other team members were from the Mission hospital. Dr. Bishan Shasni, was our constant team leader, guide and mentor. His extensive experience and familiarity with all of Spiti was a huge boon for all of us.
The team this year was a large one. Twenty seven people, two force travellers, one pick up truck and a bolero were crammed full of equipment and personnel as we set off over the Rohtang pass early morning. Thankfully, we all arrived well in time in Kaza, with enough daylight to unload all the equipment and find our tired beds for the night.
Over the next seven days, the team saw huge numbers of patients who had flocked to the civil hospital from all over the valley, as they received news of the teams arrival. One thousand and sixty nine patients were seen over the next five days. Since there is no ultrasound machine in all of Spiti, our portable ultrasound machine was extremely popular, as everyone had come fasting, prepared and extremely anxious for the ritual of being smeared with jelly and the black screen divulging life changing secrets. Patients with headache and knee pain found it difficult to believe that the black box would not help them in any way.
The gynaecologist performed surgery every morning, and a general surgery list ran starting in the afternoon till late at night every day. Eye surgeries were conducted in an adjacent theatre. In order to perform safe surgery, every inch of both theatres were scrubbed, carbolised, fumigated and every scrap of equipment and supplies were brought in from Manali, inclusive of a boyles machine. A steady supply of electricity was impossible till a neighbouring welding shop provided its generator to us which supplied the operating theatre every day linked through some wires strung across the courtyard and the wall of the hospital. The autoclave in Kaaza caused trouble till it was repaired by our multitalented driver Tej Ram. Every day, we returned to sumptuous and varied gastronomic delights served up by our camp cook Phunchok. His service played a huge role in keeping our spirits soaring.
Over the next three days we operated on sixty one patients , twenty eye surgeries, (mostly cataracts and pterygiums) and thirty five major gynaecologic and general surgical surgeries, in addition to six minor procedures. Besides routine cases of hysterectomies, and cholecystectomies, and varicose veins there always is a special case every year, a case that I call the reason de etre. Every year when we come, we come across an emergency that results in a life saved. This year it was a two year old baby with an imperforate anus, who was brought to us on the third day of life, with a bloated abdomen and in a very sick condition. Since it was a low type, we decided to treat the baby, and Dr. Narjit administered general anesthesia very skillfully in such primitive circumstances, permitting us to operate and create an anus. The child took a day to recover, but then did not turn a hair, greedily sucking up milk and doing all the things a normal baby should be doing.
All the surgeries went well by Gods grace and all patients were discharged well, We are constantly grateful to what we know to be God’s omnipresent protection on all of us. The team returned, tired but happy with the grateful smiles and thanks of the inimitable Spitians resounding in our ears. Joule ! till next year.
July 1st, 2016
We welcome Dr. Saroj back, senior obstetrician and gynaecologist who has joined us to provide her services here. She has helped us often and we are so glad to receive her back with us.
May 16th, 2016
In a small but symbolic ceremony, the baton of Administrator passed from Dr. Ranjit Christopher to Ms. Christina Dhas Sankhro and Mr. Thomas Mathai this morning (17th May 2016). Lighting candles to symbolise passing on of the flame of the ethos of this Institution, Dr. Christopher handed over charge formally in the morning meeting with all the staff in attendance. Dr. Philip thanked both Dr. Christopher and Ms. Pushpa fore their unceasing and dedicated service during the last decade to the institution and the people of Manali.
April 22nd, 2016
We welcome Drs. Shireen Chacko and Dr. Neerav Aruldas, who have joined us from CMC Vellore and CMC Ludhiana respectively towards their service obligation for a year.
We also are very grateful and thankful that Dr. Pradeep Zachariah has made it into CMC Vellore for his postgraduate training in General Surgery. Congratulations Pradeep.
April 13th, 2016
We welcome our new Hospital administrators, Mr. Thomas Mathai and Ms. Christina Dhas Sankhro.
Mr. Thomas Mathai has a lifetime of experience in management. He was the general manager of Sarovar Portico in Manali prior to leaving the hotel industry and joining us here in the hospital. We welcome him and look forward to his services with us. We are very glad he is now using his skills to help people who are in need and come to the hospital for help.
Ms. Christina Dhas Sankhro has training in Business administration, has experience working in human resource development in the corporate world and was the previous administrator of the Christian Hospital in Kachwwa. We welcome her here and look forward to her contribution to the administrative section of our hospital.
April 9th, 2016
We continue to feature new staff who have joined us.
Ms. Anuradha Garg has joined us as Medical Records Officer. Anuradha is a local Manali girl, product of our Daystar School, who was sponsored to CMC Vellore for training in Medical Records technology. She has joined to initiate this department here, since till now we did not have a department. We welcome her warmly.
We also welcome Mr. Simpson who has joined as lab technician. Mr. Simpson will be with us for one year in the laboratory, working towards his service obligation with CMC Vellore. We hope he has a good time here with us.
April 8th, 2016
Transfusing blood in emergent situations has always been a difficult proposition in Manali. Though the civil hospital here has been designated as a blood storage centre for years, practically there is never blood when one needs it. The nearest blood bank is in Kullu but even there blood of the appropriate group has been not always available.
Now thanks to the efforts of Dr. Bishan Shashni, our Community Consultant, we have a functional blood storage centre in Mission hospital Manali. We have a ready stock of blood groups for any emergency.