Winchester- Yei Link
This article stated "The Link between Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust and Yei Civil Hospital and Martha Clinic, and Yei National Health Training Institute has been established since November 2010." We would like to clarify that the link is called Winchester /Yei Link and the main hospital in Winchester i.e. the Royal Hampshire County Hospital is part of the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as the Winchester and Eastleigh NHS Trust does not exist anymore.
The Link between Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust and Yei Civil Hospital and Martha Clinic, and Yei National Health Training Institute has been established since November 2010. Since then our teams of nurses, midwives, doctors, physiotherapists, engineers and other colleagues have carried out multiple trips to Yei. The link has been successful in obtaining a number of grants from organisations such as the Tropical Health Education Trust. We were also successful in obtaining medical text books from British Medical Association for the hospital in Yei.
Our trips involve various activities including, but not limited to, teaching, training, equipment maintenance: service and staff development as well as quality improvement projects – see Figures 1, 2 and 3.
Figure 1. Martha Clinic outpatient clinic. (credit Poppy/John Spens)
Figure 2. Dr Simon Struthers helping on the paediatric ward. 2940 (credit Tom Price)
Figure 3. Mending hospital equipment. 2930 (credit Tom Price)
Our main aims are to improve and learn from each other, to train locals to provide sustainable quality health care in the area, concentrating on what Yei needs. Our staff equally benefit from the link and the visits on personal, clinical, managerial and leadership levels.
Recently the link has managed to raise funds for opening a sustainable blood bank and a transfusion service in Yei Civil Hospital to serve the local population. This will be one of the key focuses in our next trip on 1st May 2015.
Ideas and support are welcome, Donations are welcome to Brickworks, a charity we work with and that raises money for funding the visits and equipment such as the blood bank fridge.
We would like to thank all those who supported us and our future supporters, without them our goals would be harder to achieve.
See www.thebrickworks.org.uk for further details.