Category: Adventures

Mountain Marathon Medicine in Nepal

Mountain Marathon Medicine in Nepal

Dr Elizabeth Chamberlain describes the challenges of being a medical volunteer for a gruelling marathon in the mountains of Nepal.

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Majesty and Misery: Dinner on the North Col

Majesty and Misery: Dinner on the North Col

How did doctor Marcus Stevens end up eating Michelin-starred food atop Everest’s North Col? One thing is for certain, expedition medicine never lacks variety.

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The Arclight Crosses Africa

The Arclight Crosses Africa

Merlin Hetherington and Alex McMaster cycle an incredible 10000km through Africa by tandem bicycle, on an epic mission to train health workers to use Arclight, an innovative eye examination device, in a step towards reducing preventable causes of blindness.

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From Labour Ward to ‘The Island with Bear Grylls’; How to take an OOPC and avoid an Oopsie

From Labour Ward to ‘The Island with Bear Grylls’; How to take an OOPC and avoid an Oopsie

You may remember Ali Brookes as the calm and cheerful junior doctor on Bear Grylls’ reality survival series ‘The Island’ in 2018. Now back in O&G training in London, Ali recounts the highs and lows of island life, from jungle critters to dehydration, epic thunderstorms and intense friendships.

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Blood, Sweat and Intussusception: OOPE in Mbale, Uganda

Blood, Sweat and Intussusception: OOPE in Mbale, Uganda

From orchidopexy to burr holes: General Surgical Registrar Matthew Doe, on the challenges and rewards of an Out of Programme Experience (OOPE) in Mbale, Uganda.

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Mid Ocean Medical Challenges

Mid Ocean Medical Challenges

Dr Iona Taylor reflects on her ocean crossing as Watch Leader on a 72 ft sailing yacht in the ‘Atlantic Rally for Cruisers’. Unfortunately, an unwell crew member required Iona to step up and manage and coordinate medical care, made specifically testing by their remote location, limited resources and challenging seas.

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On Call On The River: Stepping into Expedition Medicine

On Call On The River: Stepping into Expedition Medicine

Nurse and paramedic Vari McCall spends much of her time working overseas as an expedition leader and medic with Ninth Wave Global. She has sailed from America to Greenland, canoed along the Mississippi, rode on horseback in the outback of New Mexico and spent time with rural communities in Mexico and Peru. We asked her about her expeditions, as well as how she fits these trips in with life and work in the U.K.

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Wild Nepal

Wild Nepal

Following the devastating earthquake of 2015, Dr Nathasha Basheer was inspired to return to Nepal, a country she first visited following her foundation years.  Despite her ongoing commitment to paediatric training in the UK, she organised to spend two weeks volunteering with The Wild Medic Project.  Here she recounts her trip as a ‘Wild Medic’ and how she felt returning […]

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Everest ER: Tent City’s Medical Marvel

Everest ER: Tent City’s Medical Marvel

Nepali doctor Suvash Dawadi volunteered at Everest ER during the spring 2018 climbing season. In his article, he discusses a typically unpredictable day for a medic at Everest Base Camp.

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The New Normal

The New Normal

Dr Sarah Wookey, retired GP and humanitarian medical volunteer, has written a short essay highlighting the harsh reality of effectively looking after people at a Greek refugee camp in Leros.

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