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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

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/himachal/heli-ambulance-service-for-remote-tribal-areas/580181.html

 

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. 

April 6th, 2018

Jibhi Clinics Begin

We are glad to announce the commencement of our medical clinics at Jibhi from 7th of April. Our medical team will be visiting this small peripheral clinic of ours every other Saturday. We look forward to this time of service in Banjar Valley.

March 30th, 2018

Welcome Dr. Saroj

We are delighted to have Dr. Saroj back with us for the summer, and she will continue to provide the obstetric and gynaecology service here in LWH Manali. Welcome back!

 

March 15th, 2018

Study on Typhoid goes live in LWH Manali

Typhoid is a ubiquitous disease characterised by a plethora of symptoms collectively attributed to Salmonella typhi but rarely definitely proved in the laboratory. The widal test is widely used as indirect evidence of the infection but is notoriously inaccurate in its predictions. A Blood culture is the only sure way to link the disease to the causative bacterium. 

The Lady Willingdon hospital is one of seven institutions in India which will look at the incidence of the disease in patients presenting to and admitted to  the hospital with fever of unknown origin by isolating the bacterium with blood cultures. This study is being conducted by CMC Vellore as part of an ICMR study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. 

 

February 20th, 2018

Ultrasound services recommence in LWH Manali

The PCPNTDT act is very strict in its enforcement. We were not able to obtain a sonologist for the past three years to come to us in LWH and work for us at the remuneration we are able to provide here. The remunerations we provide is fractional when compared to market rate. Therefore we are very grateful to Dr. Jangdeep Banga who has agreed to visit Manali three days a week and perform ultrasound examinations for us. This permits us now to re open our two good ultrasound machines which have been decomissioned thus far. Dr. Susheel, our esteemed CMO Kullu recomissioned our machines on Monday 19th February. We are grateful for this. 

Ultronography and doppler facilities are therefore reopened here in LWH Manali from the 23rd February 2018. These examinations will be performed every Friday, Saturday and Monday. 

We are very grateful to all who have made this essential examination possible for which our patients were having to go to Kullu for a satisfactory report. 

 

February 15th, 2018

LWH contributes to Lancet Infectious diseases

Surgical research in tiny hospitals is not impossible. The Lady Willingdon Hospital has been an contributing author to a landmark paper just published in the Lancet Infectious diseases as part of a global collaboration. 

The  paper can be acessed here: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(18)30101-4/fulltext

This international,  prospective, multi institutional cohort study included 12539 patients undergoing elective or emergent gastro intestinal surgery over a two week period. 343 hospitals contributed to the study from 66 countries. 

The results show that surgical site infections are a major source of morbidity and 30 day mortality. When examined across high, middle and low income countries according to the human developement index, low income countries fare very poorly both in terms of prevalent surgical site infections, antibiotic resistance and mortality. 

Indian contributors to the study have been few. 

The take home message for India is that there is a huge need to conduct a similar study across our country to assess the actual status and impact of surgical site infections. It was clear from this study that indiscriminate perioperative and postoperative antibiotic use was more prevalent in the low income countries.