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Radiology team plan visit to hospital in Laos

A group of kind hearted staff from our radiology department is planning to travel to a children's hospital in Laos, South East Asia, to improve x-ray services.

Dr Ramdas Senasi, consultant paediatric radiologist, said: "When I learnt that the hospital has the equipment to do x-rays and other scan, but the staff don't know how to use it, I knew we had to do something to help.  Radiology is used for obvious things such as diagnosing broken bones, but it's also an essential part of identifying and treating a wide range of illnesses.   So, I'm taking a small team of radiographers to train the staff, not only in how to use the equipment, but also when a scan may or may not be helpful and how to read scans. 

"Laos Friends Hospital for Children, was set up last year to provide free health care for thousands of children and, hopefully, our input will help establish a proper radiology service, to benefit young patients well into the future.

Liz Cox, one of the radiographers going on the trip, said: "It's great to know our skills will make a real difference but I also expect to have my eyes opened to just how brilliant the NHS is - we take so much for granted.  I also think the experience will make us better radiographers."

As part of the planning process, the team needs to raise £3,000 to cover the cost of flights and educational resources the team plans to take to Laos.



'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very thankful and relieved patient'.

Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital of North Durham