Monthly Archives: October 2013

Back to the U.K. via Beijing

We did not get around to preparing a post at the weekend as we were busy preparing for both our holiday back in the U.K. and for the medical team arriving from Honiara. Jenny is determined to leave the house clean and tidy so we don’t come back to rats! So floors have been swept & washed, walls, ceilings & windows washed and sprayed with “Mortein” as a deterrent to ants and cockroaches. At the same time she was preparing to feed the medical team of four, doing their first tour to the West Province to see some of our more challenging medical patients and those with chronic diseases. The team comprised Dr Elizabeth, Dr Alan, RN Ellen and the dietician Sarah. We had a very enjoyable evening with them on Sunday before having two extremely busy days. It was a great success and they hope to return next year.
We can now concentrate on our departure tomorrow. We are very excited to be spending 2 nights in Beijing to catch up with Peter, before flying on to Manchester. We hope to have plenty of time with Katherine, Christopher and Rachel and the rest of the family, but will probably be limited for time with friends. We do however continue to value your friendship and support, and look forward to catching up one way or another.

Back to Work at Helena Goldie Hospital

It is Monday morning again and our blog post is late! Jenny is back from Choiseul and her plan to clean & tidy our house ready for our trip to the U.K. was interrupted by various events, including a memorial service on one of the islands in the Wonawona lagoon. A terminally ill patient had just died in the hospital when the canoe arrived to fetch us, so Jenny went but Graham stayed behind. The hospital staff were expected to feed the preacher of the day, however Graham did not make it for the lunch as a lady with a ruptured ectopic pregnancy arrived collapsed, needing urgent surgery.
Jenny’s trip to Choiseul was an amazing experience: she was able to visit every clinic on the island accompanied by two staff from the ministry hospital in Taro. On the north side the clinics were very busy as the people there have had no access to a doctor for over a year. Although the Choiseul Province has produced many well educated people, including doctors, they do not seem to want to return to the province due to the remoteness and limited development.