We had a pleasant and useful time in both Adelaide and Melbourne before flying on to Honiara. We were able to discuss past and future projects for Helena Goldie Hospital and College of Nursing. Jenny moved on to Munda on Wednesday; Graham has spent three days in Honiara, mainly in the various hospital departments, meeting old colleagues and discussing plans for this year. By chance a general surgeon was in the hospital today who visited H.G.H. in September 2009 with the Loloma Foundation and we were able to discuss a number of issues regarding hospital services, future surgical tours to the West Province and some aspects of public health.
It was inevitably a shock to arrive here with temperatures over 30 degress centigrade, but the sea breezes do help by day. The road in Honiara are busier than they were, with more H.G.V.’s than before. Currently there is a team from Australia & U.S. at the National Referral Hospital teaching endoscopy to some of the doctors here.