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August 24th, 2010

Eye camp

Dr. Sandeep Anand is here performing eye surgery. He hopes to come intermittently to provide this service. Mr. Ram was a labourer from UP who came here to work in the apple orchards. Unfortunately he was nearly blind with bilateral cataract. It is a bit difficult to conceive of how one can work in an orchard when one is nearly blind. However, he was operated on one eye last time and today he undergoes another surgery on the other eye to restore his vision. We were able to give him concession and his orchard owner came forward to help. Thanks every one, thanks Dr. Sandeep.

July 29th, 2010

Senior obstetrician to join

Dr. Saroj Chaudhary, a senior Obstetrician will be joining us on the 2nd of August. This is a huge answer to prayer.

July 23rd, 2010

Surgical work

There has been an increase in the surgical work here of late, with many more patients coming in for surgery. Last week we had a lady for total thyroidectomy, a twenty year old for an  abdominoperineal excision and a middle aged lady for a sigmoid colectomy. This is very demanding on one surgeon. Any surgeons around who might be interested?

June 7th, 2010

CT Scan?

A  mountain trekker came to us with history of losing consciousness at high altitude. She was deeply unconscious, and we needed to put her on a ventilator, beside anti cerebral edema measures. However her clinical behaviour and pattern of unconsciousness were not fitting into HACE. She was transferred by ventilated ambulance to a tertiary centre where she turned out to have an intracerebral bleed.

A ct scan here would help many patients like this. Acute trauma and head injury, elective imaging for surgery all do require scanning, the nearest one being sixty kilometers away.

We would be dependant on donations for such a venture. The capital expenditure involved would not allow us to recover the cost with the numbers of scans we will do. We cannot enter the scenario commonly practiced of giving “kickbacks” to doctors perscribing it.  And that is where we are now.

May 12th, 2010

Lag valley camp

The Lag valley though near Kullu is tucked away between the mountains, a fact that has rendered the people less able to access health care. We conducted a camp in Shalang village school, where two hundred patients came to access free medical, dental, eye and phsyiotherapy check ups and receive free medicines.

February 15th, 2010

The silence of snowfall

Anything that falls from the sky usually has a sound associated with it, be it rain, hail, or a tree crashing to the ground. However, snow, real snow, light and crisp when it falls is enveloped in a veil of silence. That is amazing. A reminder of the many blessings that we take for granted everyday that shower on us silently from above.

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February 9th, 2010

More snow

Snow has arrived, and a whole bunch of it. Three feet on the ground and the forecast says there is more to come. There has been no electricity for the past two days.

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February 7th, 2010

Winter carnival 2010

The rain has been constant for the past twenty four hours. However, this did not dampen the spirit and enthusiasm of the local folks, who turned out ic large number with umbrellas to watch the winter carnival procession. For the first time, Lady Willingdon Hospital took part, with a float depicting the growth of the hospital and commemorating the 75 years of service to the community. Well done team!

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January 26th, 2010

Republic day 2010

There will be a flag hoisting for the Republic day 2010. The first group of staff have returned refreshed from their annual vacation and the next group is geared to leave tomorrow.

January 12th, 2010

Ambulance service

In the whole of Himachal State there is no ventilated ambulance for the transfer of intubated patients for tertiary care. We have been calling the ambulances from CMC Ludhiana and Fortiss, eight to nine hours away by road. These services charge a huge sum for this facility. Even transferring a patient for CT scan to Kullu becomes a feat if the patient is unstable. We hope to enter a new dimension of patient care by initiating an equipped ambulance service for the local people at an affordable cost within the reach of the average person. We have taken this step in faith, and hope that funding for this will come. We do have some funds with which we have ordered the ambulance. The entire service should be operational by March end. Donations may be made out to “Lady Willingdon Hospital” Manali. Contact person is Dr. Philip Alexander, Lady Willingdon Hospital, Manali, HP INDIA 175131 at philalex1@gmail.com, 91-9816033110.Please call or email if you are interested in supporting this project.