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Great problems with waste

  Our primitive incinerator adding to global warming The hospital has a enormous problem with waste. For example many disposable gloves are used on the wards and in the theatre. In February approximately 94,000 gloves were used [£4,500]. Many dressings … Continue reading

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Summary of our twelfth trip

On the 2nd February we flew to Kenya for the twelfth time to work at the Maua Methodist Hospital. We landed at Nairobi and our first stop was to visit a school situated in the capital’s biggest slum. The headmaster … Continue reading

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Hornbills

There are many different types of hornbill, several of which are common in Kenya. They have a mixed diet of fruit and insects. Hornbills are fascinating birds that are monogamous and have unusual nesting habits. They breed by lying eggs … Continue reading

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AN UNEXPECTED SURPRISE

I went to the children’s ward to explain something to them about a completely unrelated matter when the nurse said  would you like to see what a little boy has vomited up. She produced a glass bottle and triumphantly produced … Continue reading

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My First Week

At the moment the surgical department is not too busy because people cannot afford even our modest charges. However, incredibly in spite of less work than usual,  within my first week here we have admitted  three men with fractured necks. … Continue reading

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Morphine For Cancer Pain

In Kenya cancer patients are frequently given the drug Pethidine to relieve pain.  Pethidine is a morphine like substance that has to be injected and is only available in hospital. The Maua Hospital Palliative Care Team lead by Dr Claire … Continue reading

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The Brainstorm School

After a safe journey to Nairobi on 2nd February it was my privilege to visit the Brainstorm Junior School in Kibera, Nairobi’s biggest slum, escorted by my friend Ishmael Ouma. The school has an inspirational headmaster, George Jarona.In the 3 … Continue reading

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PLANNED 2012 KENYAN VISIT

Family Christmas Part Christmas is now just a happy memory and 2012 is approaching fast. We are beginning to concentrate on our twelfth trip to the Maua Methodist Hospital in Kenya, our flights are booked for 2nd Feb. It is … Continue reading

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Local Enterprise

Furniture Makers Just next to the hospital is a very busy cottage industry making furniture. Their range consists of padded chairs , sofas, tables, ordinary chairs as well as beds with beautifully carved head boards. Although many of the local … Continue reading

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Samburu Game Park

I am now the only surgeon on the surgical side as Dr Maina the Kenyan surgeon is on a well earn’t leave for four weeks so my work load has risen considerably. After working for six weeks in the hospital … Continue reading

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