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May Pen Hospital patients benefit from US medical team

Published:Wednesday | May 13, 2015 | 12:00 AM

MAY PEN, Clarendon:

MAY PEN Hospital, Clarendon, benefited from a team of top-tier medical personnel which included medical doctors, surgeons, anaesthesiologists, dentists, registered nurses, as well as medical students and social workers.

The team, which started their volunteer duties on Monday, April 27, wrapped up operations on May 2.

The Gleaner visited the hospital, and the dental clinic was abuzz with activities as Dr Dwight Williams and his team, which included dental students from the University of Technology, were kept busy trying to fit in at least 50 patients for the day.

"It's really a personal thing. I like giving back, and I particularly enjoy working with this group, they are very organised," he said of the United Mission of Goodwill (UMG), the mission team he came with.

President of UMG Lorna Rawle said she had patients from other parishes, as for many of them, they were on a "long waiting list for surgeries".

surgical waiting list

For the week, visiting surgeons ensured that a big dent was made in the surgical waiting list at the hospital with more than 100 procedures being done - 70 surgeries and 30 endoscopy procedures.

The team, in addition to donating their services, also helped in commissioning a maternity ward operating theatre. The UMG donated an operating theatre bed, anaesthetic and diathermy machines, and other items for the theatre.

Children on the ward were not left out as they were given toys and books.

Commenting on the experience, team member Lydia Buckley said, "Working with the children in the ward was an incredibly rewarding experience. Seeing the smiles on their faces as we handed out gifts was priceless. As we played with them, they told us all about their lives and what they like to do. I loved hearing their stories and seeing how positive they were despite their conditions. They have all inspired me to look on the bright side of things and appreciate life. Overall, the experience was extremely fun and, rewarding and I hope to be able to take part in the mission again next year."