Kate humbled by her African experience

Junior doctor Kate Howorth caring for patients in Uganda.
Junior doctor Kate Howorth caring for patients in Uganda.

A junior doctor said it was a humbling experience to see first hand the level of care given to people in Uganda.

Kate Howorth, in her second year of junior doctor training at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, spent a week in Uganda.

The 25-year-old is keen to specialise in hospital medicine, working both at home and abroad in developing countries, where she can treat patients with diseases like malaria and cholera.

Along with her tutor at North Tyneside General Hospital, consultant haematologist Dr Chris Tiplady, Kate spent a week in the remote village of Kisoro.

She took part in mobile medical clinics, helping treat patients who usually live with very limited access to healthcare.

Kate, who is hoping to take a year out after her training to do a diploma specialising in tropical medicine, said: “It was a very unique and humbling experience to witness the complete opposite scale of what we have in the NHS and what we all often take for granted in England.

“I was caring for patients who had very little and people were so very grateful for even the most basic of care and medication.”