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AusHeal Blog

Farewells and Arrivals – 20th September 2015

The radiology component of AusHEAL Team-3 (Dr Murray Thorn and Sue Reid, radiographer) completed their 3 weeks at HEAL Africa Hospital (HAH) on Thursday, and are leaving for home. Their last days were busy teaching radiological techniques new to HAH, together with continuing their relationship-building within the radiology department, and making a final inspection of the new radiology building, ensuring it will be workable. Their input appreciated by HAH staff. Dr Murray presented a teaching session to medical staff on the role of CT scanning as the new building will house a CT scanner.  Sue developed further protocols for ultrasound scanning, also appreciated by HAH staff.

HEAL Africa Hospital Radiology staff with Murray and Sue

HEAL Africa Hospital Radiology staff with Sue and Murray

 

New HEAL Africa Hospital Radiology Building under construction

New HEAL Africa Hospital radiology building under construction

 

Murray walking through the new radiology building with Dr Sosthene HAH radiologist and others

Murray walking through the new radiology building with Dr Sosthene HAH radiologist and others

Mama Virginie (HEAL Africa Public Relations) farewells Dr Murray and Sue

Mama Virginie (HEAL Africa Public Relations) farewells Dr Murray and Sue

Dr Ryan Williams has continued to build relationships with resident doctors, interns and medical students. He is able to communicate fluently in French gaining further insights into medical education and their needs for teaching and training. He has commenced weekly training with resident medical staff at designated teaching sessions on Monday and Friday afternoons.

 Ryan has also continued to collate the medical protocols developed by HAH senior staff, a major resource for HAH junior doctors in the future. It may lead on to wider implications in medicine beyond HEAL Africa Hospital throughout North Kivu Province. Ryan has met with senior HAH  staff individually to understand the intent and content of these protocols as it will be a significant factor in the implementation of the document throughout the hospital. In short the doctors on call and at the front line will have guidelines for treatment of many and varied medical conditions. Such protocols have been a desire of the HAH founder Dr Jo Lusi. Senior HAH staff have spent significant time developing these protocols and Ryan has been able to assist in the implementation process.

Ryan Williams teaching doctors in French (note the french translation on the screen)

Ryan Williams teaching Doctors in French (note the french translation on the screen)

Ryan teaching Medical Students at HAH

Ryan teaching Medical Students

Following the departure of Dr Murray and Sue, we have welcomed the arrival of a further component of the AusHEAL work (Team-4) – Paul Bakes (IT Consultant) and his son Shannon (Electrician). They will spend 2 weeks working on the installation of a workable phone system connecting hospital departments, and assisting with the installation of a new hospital software programme. The latter has been ‘a work in progress’ for some time.  A software engineer arrived from Kinshasa (D.R.Congo capital) yesterday.  Paul will be able to work alongside the Congolese in this installation.

Surgery continues with Dr Neil working alongside HAH surgeons Drs Luc and Medard to deal with many and varied cases, some quite complex.

We have seen more storms and rain this week which means less dust but more potholes!  This is offset by some beautiful sunsets over the lake when there are no storms.

Sunset from the AusHEAL team accommodation site

Sunset from the AusHEAL team accommodation site