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December 6th, 2013

Dutch obstetrics

We thank Ms. Anne Bedeaux a dutch nurse, who has taught our nurses on obstetrics for the past seven weeks. The nurses had a great time with her and they were trained in updates in obstetrics. A farewell was held for her on the last day and here she is seen with our obstetrician Dr. Rashmi Bora. Thank you Anne!

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November 30th, 2013

Fire demo in LWH

A demonstration of how to use a fire extinguisher and what sort of extinguishers to use for the class of fires was held for all the staff in front of the mess. This is a useful exercise, one that should be periodic and regular.

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November 28th, 2013

Welcome Dr. Rashmi

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Rashmi Bora, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist to our midst. Dr. Rashmi trained in Obstetrics in St. Stephens Hospital Delhi. She has been a great blessing to us and our patients, and we are very grateful for her providing obstetric and gynaecologic care to our patients.  In this photograph she is shown with our nurse Educator Sr Sunita, medical student from Australia Elizabeth, and Tenzin, one of our nurses.

 

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November 26th, 2013

Phako machine and Eye surgery

Drs Jacob Koshy and Dr Arun Bhatti are providing advanced eye surgery in Manali using the phakoemulsifier machine to operate on cataract. This allows a very small incision to be made which does not need stitches to close, and emulsifies the lens using ultrasound and removes it, allowing its replacement with a foldable lens.

We thank them and CMC Ludhiana for providing this service to the people of Manali.

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October 23rd, 2013

Farewells

We bid a fond farewell to the following doctors:

Dr. Isaac Frank: Dr. Isaac has been with us for the past two years, performing his service obligation. He has worked especially hard for obstetrics here, and has assumed the responsibility for many of the deliveries conducted safely in LWH manali. He is interested in doing surgery and is hopeful of obtaining a seat in CMC Vellore.

 

Dr. Nishant Arulappan joined us a year ago, and will now be moving on to pursue his studies with an interest in obtaining a seat for the IAS.

 

Dr. Rohini Jose joined us four months ago as a surgeon, and will be moving on to pursue further avenues in her career.

 

Dr. Reema Charles has been with us for the past three and a half years, and is moving on to pursue further studies.

 

We are grateful for all their service and we wish them well in their future careers.

October 10th, 2013

Team building seminar

Ms. Shobha Sreekumaran from “Open doors” in Mumbai is here conducting a team building seminar for all our staff over three days. The first day was great fun for all, and the staff enjoyed the team activities and games that highlighted different aspects of team and personality developement.

We are grateful to Ms. Shobha for doing this for our staff. This is the second time she is doing this.

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October 9th, 2013

Free hearing aids distributed thanks to Rotary club manali

The ENT camp is in full swing.  Large numbers of patients have turned up for check up, audiometry, measurement of random blood sugar and also bone densitometry. Bone densitometry  indicates the calcium content in the bones, giving an indication of weak bones and deficiency, especially in post menopausal women. This can warn of impending fractures and allow patients to start calcium supplements to ward off such drastic events. The service has been provided to the people of Manali free by the Rotary club of manali. Rotarians were in strength in the hospital assisting and helping patients with these facilities. 28 Hearing aids were also provided free to those who needed them, after an audiometry test and evaluation by an ent surgeon. Dr. Sanjeev, a rotarian and an ent surgeon from Jullundur personally examined patients and advised treatments. The rotarians who did all the spade work towards the camp were Mr. Vineet and Mr. Bakshi, and Mr. Abhrol, and we thank them. The camp was a tremendous success, and many were those who left with grateful hearts and hearing ears!

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October 8th, 2013

Ent camp in full swing

Drs George Ani and Vibhor Jain are here for the ent camp which is in full swing. They already seem to have clocked up enough surgical cases to keep them busy all through the next days. This year the Rotary Club of Manali has come forward to provide hearing aids, and even provide them free to the deserving poor on the 9th of October. On the 9th they will also do bone densitometry and random blood sugar on campus free. We thank all our friends for this service to the people of this region.

People have come from as far as lahaul and spiti for this camp. In all of this area, this is is the fourth year that this service is being provided. Specialised surgery is very far from the average man, and these camps brings these services to  him.

The prevalence of ent disease, including ruptured ear drums, and middle ear problems is very common. Many just live with it, for the lack of a viable alternative. The nearest good centres providing quality care are as far away as in Chandigarh and Delhi and Ludhiana.

 

September 29th, 2013

Camp in Lahaul and Spiti

The Lady Willingdon Hospital team returned on the 28th September after holding camps successfully across Lahaul and Spiti. From Udaipur in the extreme west, to Kibber in the east, the whole of the district was traversed in a week, with camps in Udaipur, Darcha, and Tabo. The civil hospitals in Keylong and Kaaza were visited with a view to using the facilities in the future to provide surgical and specialised services in the future. Three hundred and eighty patients were seen, with people being provided free check ups for dental, eye, physiotherapy, medicine and surgery.

The scenery is a study in contrasts, from Lahaul to Spiti, but equally awe inspiring. The tenacity and good humour of the people who live in such remote and harsh landscape can only be admired and respected. The entire district is in need of specialised services of every kind.

Hypertension seemed to be common, but seldom treated. Ear and eye complaints were also common, with limited access to care or cure. Scabies and skin conditions were common afflictions. Dental hygiene was reasonably good, but there was a tendency for the people to choose extractions over dental conservation.

In every area, the camps were held in the government facilities, and we experienced whole hearted co operation from all the officials concerned.

We hope that we can help this area in 2014 by conducting focussed, well planned speciality camps in the most needy areas.

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September 17th, 2013

Medical camp in Lahaul Spiti

In conjunction with the government, our hospital is gearing up to conduct medical camps in Lahaul and Spiti. The itenerary will be as follows:

  • 22nd September  Keylong, assess facilities
  • 23rd  September Udaipur
  • 24th September Darcha
  • 25th September Kaza assess facilities
  • 26th September Tabo
  • 27th September Kibber
  • 28th Kaza halt, prior to return.

The team will comprise surgeon, internist, physiotherapist, dentist, eye surgeon, optometrist and helpers.

We look forward to this and please keep an eye on this page for further news after the camp.

These regions are isolated from advanced and even basic medical care due to the harsh environment, distance and the lack of medical facilities. It is very difficult to get specialised care in these areas. We hope this camp will be the first of many in conjuction with the government authorities who are giving us their utmost co operation.