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Endoscopy specialists from Leicester to train nurses in Ghana

Three experts from Leicester are heading to Ghana to help train endoscopist and endoscopy nurses.

They will provide tutorials and practical sessions on a range of topics relating to endoscopy.

The training will take place from 5-10 July, and is the result of a collaboration between the endoscopy team at University Hospitals of Leicester Trust and the 37 Military Hospital in Ghana.

Use of endoscopy is growing worldwide because it is cheaper and carries less risk than surgery.

“They currently do not have the knowledge, skills or expertise to carry out therapeutic or advanced therapeutic endoscopy procedures”

Alexander Ntiri

Among the Leicester team travelling to Ghana is deputy charge nurse Alex Ntiri, consultant gastroenterologist Dr Richard Robinson, and consultant surgeon Michael Thomas.

Mr Ntiri said: “Initially we are going on a fact-finding mission to establish what we can offer in way of teaching and support to give the doctors and nurses at the 37 Military Hospital the tools they need to continue progressing.

“The hospital is a university affiliated teaching hospital,” he said. “It does have a diagnostic endoscopy service but they currently do not have the knowledge, skills or expertise to carry out therapeutic or advanced therapeutic endoscopy procedures.”

He added: “We are really looking forward to making the journey to Ghana and hope this collaboration will be a rewarding experience for everyone involved. We very much hope to go again if we can secure more funding.”

The team has received charity contributions towards travel costs and endoscopic equipment from a medical device company.

Readers' comments (2)

  • That's really good, however will any technical member involved in the maintenance and repair of these devices be accompanying you? This part of medical equipment use oftentimes gets overlooked. It makes no sense for them to learn how to use it and learn nothing about the basics of managing the device. How will it be repaired, can they source spares, etc. are all inportant questions. Ignoring these issues can result in a very expensive piece of equipment being uhnavailable for use, or even worse being repaired to substandard levels exposing users nad patients to risks.

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  • That's a brilliant move. Well done to those involved. I hope to do my bit after I qualify as a nurse. Ghana and similar places world wide need such efforts from people like you.

    However as mentioned by another contributor, maintenance personnel should be involved because the whole project could be meaningless if they cannot maintain related equipments.

    More grease to your elbows.

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