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September 5th, 2017

ENT camp in full swing

Dr. Suma Mathew and Dr. Justin from the department of ENT in CMC Vellore are here to conduct an ENT camp in LWH. This service has been consistent for the past eight years. We are very grateful to the department of CMC Vellore for this service, which offers the hope of advanced ent surgery to the patients of this region who otherwise would have to travel to Chandigarh to avail of these surgeries. The consequence usually is that disease gets neglected with patients unable to make the trip. Two hundred patients were seen on Monday and surgeries posted. The camp will run till the 7th of September. Thank you Vellore! 

June 27th, 2017

Peace rally rides through Manali

A team of forty five bikers on twenty five bikes rode into Manali yesterday with a message of peace. The team, led by our Moderator the Most Rt Rev P.K. Samantaroy is travelling from Amritsar to Leh, interacting with people of all faiths and communities and going to the local schools along the way, spreading the message of peace. The team has representation from other faiths and also has members from Germany, Australia and USA. 

In LWH an inter faith assembly was held in the Daystar School hall. Leaders from all faiths spoke on peace and reiterated the emphasis on peace that possessed central place in each doctrine and scripture. 

The team will leave today for Leh. We send our prayers and our peace with them across the mountains. 


June 7th, 2017

LWH moves towards paperless medical records

Last week the software engineers from SOCIT technologies implemented phase two of the computerisation system in LWH. This now moves us into a potentially paperless environment where all the medical records of the patients is now stored in digital format. The software still needs some tweaks but essentially the implementation was successful. We hope that as the engineers refine this software it becomes a useful tool for many other smaller mission hospitals like ours. We are grateful to the entire team at SOCIT and are very cognisant that the entire project started because individuals were very obedient to what they felt God was wanting for them to do. 

The photograph shows Dr. Dennis and team on rounds having just finished entries on our mobile workstation which now populates our wards, fondly called R2D2. 

Those interested to learn more about the SOCIT software system can follow the link below:


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May 13th, 2017

Nurses day 2017

Nurses day was celebrated on the 12th of May on the roof of the postnatal block. Our nurses were felicitated, and given a small bouquet each as their contribution to the patients in LWH Manali was recognised. They reconfirmed their nursing vow together with their Nursing Supervisor Sr. Prabhjot Kaur. Dr. Philip encouraged them, in the spirit of the founder of their profession to continue to do the best they can to bright light and hope to the patients. Dr. Chuck cut the cake for them celebrating their contribution. We are all very proud of them as they are the healing hands and hearts of LWH Manali. 

Following this, they gave health talks to the patients, and also set up food stalls providing a variety of delicious food to the patients, staff and relatives. 

Great going nurses! Keep the flag flying high.

November 30th, 2016

Amin Chand wins award

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:

  1. On time for work habitually
  2. Never absent without prior information
  3. Always cheerful and very good relationships with colleagues and patients
  4. Very compassionate and polite in all dealings
  5. Does work very responsibly and with minimum mistakes
  6. Accountable always for her work, and owns up to any mistake that might happen in the course of work, accepting responsibility for it.
  7. Does not gossip at the workplace about any one else
  8. Does not speak unnecessarily at the work place about others
  9. Always available and willing to adjust to need of the institution as required
  10. Very faithful to learn new procedures and protocols and use them in work





November 8th, 2016

Manali Mission Hospital and Global Surgery

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

Eye camp in LWH

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 surgical camp 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

Welcome Dr. Saroj

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

Investiture and farewell

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.