Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Good morning from a warm, clear day in Christian Medical College, Vellore. This hospital, and it's medical college, is now famous across the world with a reputation for excellence in clinical care, research and education as well as a commitment to serve the needy and vulnerable. Over one hundred years ago, a dynamic and resourceful young woman was challenged by the needs of the people of India - especially women. Ida Scudder started on a long journey to make a difference that took her through medical training, many obstacles and led to the establishment of Christian Medical College Vellore - one of the first centres for the training of women doctors in India. Over the ensuing years much has been achieved here - including seminal leprosy research and surgical developments. It is now a 2000 bed multispeciality hospital with undergraduate and postgraduate training. It services the community around Vellore in Tamil Nadu with primary, secondary care and community programmes. It also has patients coming from all over India including some nearby countries such as Bangladesh and Nepal. 70% of patients travel long distances - maybe several days on the train. The palliative care team had been in place for 31/2 years and is based within the main hospital. However, very soon the first patients will come to the new in-patient hospice. We are also busy planning for the new education unit which is part of the hospice building. the main role of Cairdeas is to support the clinical team and help with the development of the education strategy. It is an exciting challenge and I will tell you more in subsequent posts. The photos show the chapel at CMC medical college which is an oasis of calm and spiritual refreshment. The other picture was taken on the way to a rural hospital clinic - a typical and beautiful view of paddy fields. My address here is; Palliative Care Unit, Christian Medical College, Vellore 632004, Tamil Nadu, India.
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