Flight Medic team make a difference in Nepal
Three Flight Medic UK team members have recently returned from a remote area of Nepal having delivered essential life support training to local hospital and health care staff.
The team spent around 3 weeks in the country and travelled to the Tamakoshi Co-operative Hospital, Nepal, and a training facility a further 8 hours away by road. During this time they taught around 60 midwives adult, child and neonate life support along with repairing, cleaning and re-stocking the resuscitation room equipment. They also provided training for staff in the use of some of the new equipment the team brought with them. Flight Medic UK Director, James Buck, who was part of the team said:
“We identified that their ‘resuscitation’ room had a lot of out dated equipment that the staff have never been trained in and so we set about rationalising this equipment. We spent a couple of days cleaning up and repairing a stainless steel trolley cabinet and equipping it with some of the supplies we had brought out with us and also the hospital’s own equipment. This trolley replaced an old wooden cabinet that housed some medical equipment. So the difference we made here was that we have repaired and cleaned a new metal cabinet, equipped it with new medical supplies and put things into some form of an order that would be required in an emergency.”
Flight Paramedics Lloyd Morris and Dylan Roberts then travelled further into remote parts of Nepal to assist with a midwife training facility. Here they taught the midwives neonatal life support alongside adult and child procedures.
They later attended the Tamakoshi Co-operative Hospital and provided training for the hospital staff on life support including simple, but life saving procedures that we take for granted in the UK and also in how to use the equipment in their newly cleaned, repaired and stocked trolley cabinet.
Flight Medic UK Director of Operations, Nick Ginnever, said:
“We are really proud that our team members have taken their own time to assist the Nepali communities. The team are very grateful for the charitable donations that assisted in transportation and living costs. This demonstrates that we really do have a team who are capable of accessing remote communities and providing care and training in remote environments. This is great news for our clients as it shows that we have staff available who are well practiced at working in challenging environments to make a successful repatriation.”