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Surgical equipment sent to Patan Hospital, Nepal

15 May, 2015

The surgical euipments doanted by OUCRU-Vietnam

The Wellcome Trust has sent surgical equipment to Patan Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal to contribute to the on-going response to the earthquakes in the region.

The 450-bed hospital is also the base for the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU-Nepal) and received hundreds of patients in the immediate aftermath of the earthquakes. Many of these patients had severe orthopedic injuries and some were helicoptered in from remote villages.

Setting up Field Hospital OT

Despite the hospital building withstanding the quake well, the doctors and nurses are in vital need of more equipment to be able to continue effectively treating the large number of injured patients. Via the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Vietnam, the Wellcome Trust has donated a laparoscopic machine, bronchoscope system and a diagnostic ultrasound system.

The images here have been sent by Dr Guy Thwaites, Director of OUCRU-Vietnam and show the equipment in arriving and in action at the hospital.

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You can read Dr Buddha Basnyat’s personal account of the earthquakes striking Nepal here

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