HOSPITAL links between Tanzania and North Tyneside have been strengthened further by a visit from a director of nursing.
Redempta Mamseri, from the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, spent time visiting hospitals in the borough and Northumberland as part of an innovative partnership project.
She spent time in wards and departments while also meeting staff from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust as part of the link between the two organisations.
The trust – which has been helping develop health services in Tanzania over the last decade – has been awarded a grant by UK Aid to assist with the development of Tanzania’s first dedicated burns unit at KCMC.
Redempta said: “I have worked closely with staff at Northumbria Healthcare over the last decade and welcomed many of them to KCMC so it has been an excellent opportunity to come here.
“I have been very impressed with the high quality care I have seen being delivered and the commitment of the staff.
“I have learnt a great deal about how the Trust has significantly reduced healthcare-associated infections and this insight will support the work we’re doing and be of great benefit to our patients.”
KCMC treats hundreds of burns patients each year, many of them children. Patient records show that one of the main causes of burns injury is household fire.
Next month, a team will visit KCMC to deliver teaching and training of staff for the new unit, extending their work to the villages so that burns can be treated appropriately to prepare patients for the long trek to the nearest hospital for treatment.
Prof Richard Walker, the Trust’s clinical lead for the link, said: “We were delighted to welcome Redempta to our Trust as part of our long-standing partnership.
“It’s extremely satisfying that our link is helping to make real differences to patients in Tanzania and by working together we look forward to continually helping to develop health services.”
Redempta has recently been elected to the Medical Council of Tanzania and represents the nursing profession in meetings with the Tanzanian Ministry of Health.
The Trust operates a ground-breaking tele-mentoring link which enables its Trust’s surgeons to train their counterparts at KCMC.