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August 12th, 2018

Campus clean up day

The hospital staff got together for a campus clean up day. Five teams of zealous scrubbers moppers and movers rolled up their sleeves and attacked the campus areas with gusto, removing five pick up loads of trash and leaving their respective areas spick and span. Mr. Vijay Kumar, principal of the Daystar Schoool, was appointed as judge to gauge the best cleaned area. He was stumped and found that his mathematical formula for evaluation (he is a maths teacher) returned  a five way tie. So Elijah, Dr. Dennis’s one and a half year old son picked the winners from a cap made for the occasion for prizes, and declared teams four and five the winners. The first team got caps emblazoned with the hospital logo and the runners up lapel buttons with an environmentally friendly message. This was followed by great celebration, mutton biryani and of course… dancing. Well done all! 

August 6th, 2018

CME on typhoid

A continuing medicine update was held in Manu Allya on the 4th of August on typhoid. Dr. RishiRaj Bhatt, microbiologist from CMC Ludhiana spoke on. the microbiology of enteric fever. Dr. Anna spoke on the history and clinical managment of typhoid. 

A good interaction was had with the pharmacists and doctors. 

July 21st, 2018

Surgical camp in Manali a success

The Surgical Camp in Civil Hospital Manali concluded today successfully, having seen over one thousand and one hundred and sixteen patients and conducted surgery safely and successfully on fifty patients including eye surgery and general and gynaecologic surgery. 

We are grateful to Dr. Bishan Shasni, Community consultant, LWH for his leadership and organisation of the camp, to our visiting faculty.  Dr. Nitin Batra, HOD Dept of Opthalmology, CMC Ludhiana brought his entire team and supplies to provide specialised eye services to the local people. Fifteen surgeries were done and over three hundred and fifty patients seen. 

Dr. Ganesan, senior radiologist from Chennai provided high quality ultrasound reporting and performed over four hundred ultrasound examinations. 

Dr. Saroj Choudhary, Senior Gynaecologist from LWH provided gynaecologic services. 

The general surgery team is grateful to Dr. Rao, Dr. Sagari both anesthetists, and Dr. Ashwani a plastic surgeon from Delhi who provided safe conduct of surgery and also provided plastic surgery to the patients. 

The camp was funded by the NRHM and was a week long. We are also grateful to our team in LWH who stood in the gap to ensure that services continued uninterrupted at the base in LWH and also the entire team who pulled together amazingly to make this a huge success. 

All the patients have been discharged safe and well on Sunday. 

July 17th, 2018

Manali surgical camp starts 16th July

The first of the surgical camps has started in a drizzly manali on the 16th with a grand inauguration by the Minister for Forrest, transport and youth, Shri Govind Thakur in the civil hospital Manali. The Lady willingdon hospital will conduct this camp and provide gyneacological, opthalmic and general surgery free to the patients of Manali in addition to ultrasound services. The civil hospital in Manali is very well maintained and kept. We saw 170 patients on the first day and the surgical lists have filled up for the next days. 

Dr. Bishan Shashni, our community consultant gave the welcome address to the gathering in the hospital and the honorable minister gave a motivational speech encouraging tree planting, and discipline in the workplace. 

Dr. Ganeshan, the radiologist, and Dr. Rao the anesthetist, and Dr. Nitin Batra HOD of the dept of eye in CMC Ludhiana are the visiting consultants. Dr. Saroj will provide obstetric care. 

June 18th, 2018

MOU signed with Govt of Himachal and Helimission

On the 14th of June 2018 a historic Tripartite Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the govt of Himachal Pradesh, Helimission Switzerland and Lady Willingdon Hospital in the chamber of the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh. This MOU is towards providing a free medical evacuation service for Himachal Pradesh. 

There is a lot of work that remains to be done for this and the whole process of settting up is likely to take more than a year, but we have been flagged off and we are on the way. 

This represents a dream that originated from our times at camp while negotiating those impassable roads and wondering what sick patients or those in dire emergencies would do in these remote locations. This now represents a hope for those patients, a hope that has been provided only because our God is a prayer answering God and nothing is impossible for Him. 

May 25th, 2018

ENT camp a blessing

The annual ENT camp conducted in LWH by the specialists from CMC Vellore was a great success, with over three hundred and fifty patients seen and complex surgeries accomplished. We are grateful to Dr. Suma Mathews and Dr. Naina who conducted this camp. This camp was conducted carrying on the legacy of Dr. George Ani, who had done this for six years prior to being taken from us in a bicycling accident. 

May 12th, 2018

Nurses week celebration

In keeping with our yearly acknowledgement and celebration of the prima donnas of our healthcare delivery, our nurses, we celebrated nurses week with fanfare. The LWH team pulled together yet again, to put up many food stalls with delectable dishes, and a jumble sale, and a blood donation drive organised with the help of the Rotary Club of Manali and the Zonal hospital Kullu. 31 units of blood were donated. The items on the food list were – Siddu, Appam, Fish burgers, fish cutlets, tandoori chicken, fried chicken, fried rice, chowmein, ice cream, channa batura, cakes and cool drinks. Every one of these items was made lovingly and was a treat to the tastebuds. All proceeds will go for the treatment of the needy patients in the poor patient fund. The LWH team has done it yet again. A wonderful time was had by all. 

We pay tribute to our nurses who provide the healing touch and the care to our patients faithfully and consistently. We are very proud of them and the way they touch lives. 


April 30th, 2018

Laboratory renovation completed

We have renovated our laboratory area and it opened for work yesterday, Monday 30th April 2018. We are grateful to EMI (Engineering Ministries International) for their help in planning this space for us. Now we have all our machines neatly spaced and ordered in a climate controlled environment, with a separate blood drawing area adjacent, so the public does not track into the lab. 


April 27th, 2018

Heli ambulance

For years, as we had negotiated the mountain passes to reach the remote areas of Pangi and Spiti, we had a dream that one day, a helicopter may evacuate emergent patients to our hospital and to safety. 

We have been most fortunate to receive the attention of Helimission Switzerland, which has been doing just that all over the world for the past forty years. 

We have been in negotations with the Government of Himachal Pradesh to make this a reality. 

We received news today that this proposal has been accepted and passed in the Cabinet meeting of 25th April 2018. 

There is much work to be done, but this dream is one that may come true in the years to come. 

What a blessing for those in dire circumstances and isolated without hope! 

We thank and praise God


April 18th, 2018

Community Health

Community health program in village Shanag, Manali. Focused group Discussion (FGD) with village women on health related topics. This qualitative research tool helps the team to understand the village health beliefs and practices and then helps to plan health activities. This discussion is usually followed by health education on the discussed topic. Ms Ushajyoti, our social worker, facilitating the group.