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.
'I cannot commend the clinic enough. It is marvellous we
have this service at all and well done to you all.'
Patient, Coronary Heart Disease / Heart Failure Service, Shotley
Bridge Community Hospital