A senior Glasgow doctor has just completed his sixth trip to Malawi, taking life-saving equipment and expertise to help patients with serious upper gastrointestinal disease.
Dr Adrian Stanley, Consultant Gastroenterologist at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, took with him a number of endoscopes donated by NHSGGC to help patients suffering from oesophageal cancer and gastrointestinal bleeding - both major health issues in Malawi.
He made this recent trip together with two acute medical consultant colleagues from Glasgow Royal, Dr Christine Aiken and Dr David Colville, following a request from Mzuzu Central Hospital which is planning to set up a Medical High Dependency Unit (HDU).
Dr Stanley also delivered an endoscopic skills course while Drs Aitken and ran an Acute Medicine training course for local clinicians and nurses. This covered sepsis, cardiac, respiratory, diabetes, metabolic and gastroenterology emergencies, together with practical training in patient monitoring and advice on organisation of the HDU.
Dr Stanley said: “It is very humbling being able to work with and train the people who are doing all the work out there, in very challenging conditions. It is very satisfying to see the desperately needed equipment - that is no longer required in Glasgow - being put to good use.
“It is also very exciting for Glasgow support to now extend to training for local staff in the management of common acute medical emergencies.”
The Glasgow Doctors also visited the main Hospital in Lilongwe (Kamauzu Central Hospital), where they were shown around the hospital and had the chance to talk to local staff about their work and resources requirements. They also discussed how Glasgow clinicians could help with future training projects.
Dr Stanley then travelled on to Blantyre in Southern Malawi, to help run endoscopy training courses for 19 regional staff.
Dr Stanley stated: "As ever, it was a very busy but extremely worthwhile visit.”
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Pic: Dr Adrian Stanley with some of the local medical staff