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Hernia International Carpenter – Donation

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Full Support Healthcare donated essential personal protective equipment (PPE) and healthcare supplies to a charitable organisation saving lives in Ghana last month.

 

Hernia International Carpenter is a registered charity supporting the provision of healthcare to the community of Carpenter and its surrounding region in Northern Ghana. The charity provides financial assistance, surgical operations, healthcare facilities and medical education – with a particular focus on those suffering with hernias and other related conditions.

 

Mr Robert Hicks, chair of charity Hernia International Carpenter and Lead Vascular Surgeon at Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust, approached Full Support Healthcare at the end of October requesting donations of Surgical Gowns and Reinforced Drapes for their November ‘mission’ – an annual trip to Ghana in which they bring life-saving medical supplies and perform as many Hernia operations as they can

 

Reporting back on the trip, Mr Roberts said:

 

“I would like to thank the Full Support team for their ongoing help for our surgical mission to Northern Ghana.

Your donation of gowns and drapes was so well received by the small surgical team that work in the newly commissioned operating theatres in the Leyaata Hospital in Carpenter.

 

You may remember your support in previous years.  On those occasions, the team from Northamptonshire travelled to Ghana to perform hernia surgery in the most remote part of the country, in makeshift operating theatres.  The community have been very busy since COVID and have built an amazing new hospital facility, supported by a Canadian charity called GRID – Ghana Rural Integrated Development.

The focus for our trip this year was teaching training and mentoring as well as Hernia surgery.

Once again we travelled from Accra up into the Northern part of Ghana for a 2 week mission.  Our team was myself as the only surgeon, Dr Karen Leyden, Anaesthetist from Northampton General Hospital and Nichola Patterson and Ebenezer Boateng from Three shires Hospital.  During he 9 days of operating we undertook 90 procedures and changed the lives of so many patients who had been unable to access healthcare for so many years.  One of the patients we treated had been unable to walk and in a wheelchair for 4 years due to the size of his hernia.

 

Your donation was extremely well received and all the equipment is proudly stored on the new shelving units in the theatre stores.”

For more information on the Hernia International Carpenter charity, please visit their website: www.hic-nea.com

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