Monthly Archives: August 2014

From Pink, to Blue to White

From pink, to blue to white: our first Helena Goldie Hospital graduates finally received their 2nd part registration certificates and were presented with these, their badges and a lighted candle in a moving service at Kokeqolo church this morning. Our thanks go to their sponsors who were remembered in a speech given by Gladys Maelagi on their behalf. It is nearly 4 years since they set out on what proved to be a demanding and challenging journey for them. The hospital is now seeing a shift towards more registered nurses- an important change where future medical staffing is uncertain. Upskilling the nursing staff to run the hospital ready for any incoming doctors has been one of our major aims so it is good to see this come to fruition.
With all the visitors now gone and the hospital less busy we are enjoying a quieter spell and trying to catch up with some administrative jobs.

Three Hectic Weeks

A three week gap between posts reflects the hectic nature of the last three weeks. The highlight for us was the thirteen day visit of our son Christopher and daughter-in-law Rachel. As non-medical people they were able to make a significant contribution to the work at the hospital as well as enjoying the Solomon Island experience. They arrived in Munda with Graham who had been at the annual National Health Conference in Honiara, leaving Jenny to host the acting Prime Minister and his delegation for the presentation of $2 Million (Solomon) awarded to the hospital by the government, courtesy of R.O.C. Taiwan. We are very grateful for this boost to the ailing hospital finances. Steve Pearce from Methodist Church House in London had arrived in Munda the previous afternoon for a visit and we had an enjoyable afternoon together.
Plans for an island picnic organised by Soraya for Christopher & Rachel had to be postponed after a stabbing in the early hours of Saturday morning. Graham escorted the victim to Honiara the same day with a chisel protruding from his back. The island visit was enjoyed on Tuesday with snorkelling, coconut boules and fish cooked on a fire on the beach. We were grateful that two of the U.K. medical students were able to cover the hospital in our absence, the third was languishing with dengue fever but is now recovering. He was unable to play his leading role in a health drama held outdoors under the moon-lit sky in the nearby village of Kindu. Christopher stepped into this role and the two U.K. nursing students joined the cast as wives.