Dorset County Hospital consultant orthopaedic surgeon Nick Savva joined a dedicated team of healthcare professionals from the South West of England to perform much needed operations in Kenya.
Mr Savva spent 10 days in Nanyuki in rural Kenya as part of an orthopaedic trauma team representing the Kenyan Orthopaedic Project.
The team of surgeons, physiotherapists, radiographers, theatre practitioners, anaesthetists and medical students performed 30 major trauma procedures that would otherwise not be available or affordable locally.
Mr Savva said it was a fabulous trip: “It gave me the opportunity to visit a wonderful country with an exceptionally motivated team of healthcare professionals.
"These trips have been running for several years now and the impact that they have on the local community is very obvious from the outset.
"On our arrival we were met by 40 to 50 patients hoping to be treated with more arriving every day. The surgery was challenging and the conditions difficult but the team were prepared for all the problems thrown at us.
“We had excellent opportunities to work with the local surgical team and it is fair to say that we both learnt from each other. The majority of procedures were performed with another orthopaedic surgeon from the UK which is a very valuable opportunity that we seldom get at home.
“Dorset County Hospital was generous enough to give me leave for the trip, recognising the benefits that this type of work provides both at home and abroad. I would relish the opportunity of another trip in the future.”
You can find out more about the Kenyan Orthopaedic Project and how to support their work through the Medical and Educational Aid to Kenya website at http://egho.co.uk/projects/kop/
Dorset County Hospital orthopaedic surgeon Nick Savva, second from left in the back row, with the Kenyan Orthopaedic Project team.