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Team Of Surgeons Visit CWM Hospital

There is hope for children with congenital anomalies. The Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva welcomed a team of paediatric urology on Sunday. The voluntary medical team of three doctors
25 Sep 2014 10:04
Team Of Surgeons Visit CWM Hospital
From left: Nadi assistant coach Emosi Baleinuku, Nadi team manager Abdul Khan and Nadi coach Viliame Toma.. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

There is hope for children with congenital anomalies.

The Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva welcomed a team of paediatric urology on Sunday.

The voluntary medical team of three doctors and two nurses were part of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons project which is supported by Australian Aid.

The team specialises in surgery for children – from newborn to 15 years.

About 50 children in the clinic will be attended to during the week.

The team comprises Dr Vipul Upadhyay, a paediatric surgeon, Dr James Houghton an anaesthetist, Dr Russel Metcalfe, a paediatric radiologist, Shonagh Dunning, a theatre anaesthetic recovery nurse, and Ngaire Murray a theatre nurse.

Team leader, Dr Vipul Upadhyay said, “The new theatre is extremely efficient and ultra-modern up to first world standard and I am impressed with the facilities.”

Dr Upadhyay believes the hospital could be the hub of the Pacific – where other island countries could come in to train and conduct surgeries.

He said the team was well equipped as Dr Metcalfe had a portable ultrasound machine.

With the clinic held last Sunday, Dr Metcalfe was able to produce instant results to ultrasounds which were conducted throughout the day. Radiologists from Lautoka and Labasa were brought in to the hospital be trained by Dr Metcalfe.

A programme has been organised by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons where they take surgeons from around the Pacific and train them.

Doctor Josese Turagava from Fiji is a member of this programme.

However, with their current visit they are training local staff with theatre safety with, all protocols and procedures to follow New Zealand standards.

Paediatric urology clinic ends tomorrow.

Feedback:  rachael.nath@fijisun.com.fj

 



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