Farewell to Khem Raj

We bid a fond farewell to Mr. Khem Raj, who joined us in 2013 and retires today on his birthday, the 19th of  February 2021. 

Mr. Khem Raj has served us faithfully and cheerfully from 2013 as a driver of our vehicles, large and small. He has steered us to camps, across snowbound peaks, through tunnels and at the helm of the ambulance, has saved the life of many a sick patient. This terrain tests the driving skills of intrepid drivers but Khem Raj has steered every vehicle safely to its destination  on every trip. His bonhomie and practical humor has sustained our weary staff during long journeys to remote camps. 

He will be dearly missed, and we thank Him for his testimony and his  service.

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Christmas Celebrations at LWH 2020

Christmas celebrations were seen in Manali in preparation for Dec 25, 2020 when Jesus was born. At the Mission Hospital, there were lots of decorations and enactment of the story of the birth of Jesus performed by various teams who also sang and presented skits. At Lady Willingdon Hospital Manali, there were five teams that had head gear presentation with dance today and enjoyed sharing the joy of Christmas.

The message of love, joy and peace that the message of Christmas brings to all and that we all have celebrated it in a small way to keep the spirits high and keep the hopes in Jesus giving us courage to serve the community through its medical services even in these difficult times. We wish everyone the blessings of God’s love this Christmas.

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Sonam and Anju retire early

We bid a fond farewell to Sonam and Anju. Their time in LWH has always been twinned, since they joined within a few months of each other, learnt on the job together, and now are leaving together! Both formed the pillars of the OPD, regulating the flow of patients, ensuring smooth conduct of the patients through opd, smoothing ruffled feathers, and keeping the doctors in line! In addition, they have done numerous other tasks. Sonam trained in a dental assistant role and also did ECGS and helped in many of our peripheral camps, Anju worked in pharmacy and billing sections also. Both have maintained their youthful looks and also their demeanour, seemingly timeless despite the passage of the years. Both have family reasons for leaving early. Sonam will relocate to Dharmsala to take care of ageing parents. Anju will remain here in Manali to have time with her daughter. 

We will miss both of them dearly. Our good wishes and blessings go with them. They will always be an unforgettable part of us. God bless! 

 

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Retirement of Ms. Dawa Sherpa

Ms. Dawa Sherpa has worked with us in the pharmacy since 1987,  providing 33 years of faithful service dedicated to the people served in our hospital. She retires on the 8th of September 2020. Despite the distant spectre of Corona, we could not let this go by without organising a function for her. For the first time in this year, the LWH hospital staff came together for an evening to honour her, and to say thank you. There were dances, songs, speeches, scrumptious dinner, and then of course, dancing! 

We thank you Dawa didi for being the rock in pharmacy dept, for being mentor, friend, counsellor and guide to so many. We thank you for your faithful service, and together with our Father’s voice, we echo – “Well done…”.

God’s blessings on you as you enter another chapter in life. We will miss you, but you are not far from us and will always be part of us. 

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Short videos during the time of COVID in public interest

LWH Manali will be releasing short videos in public interest for health education and for edification. Please stay tuned and subscribe to the utube channel. We hope to release one a week. 

Happy viewing, we hope this will bring some positivity and encouragement to you in these times, with practical steps you can use in your daily lives. 

 

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A design for an intubation tent in times of COVID

The pandemic that is sweeping the world is unforgiving and relentless at present, confronting health workers with the highest risk of exposure and infection. Of the segment, those in intensive care units exposed to those who need intubation are possibly at the apex of risk. Safe intubation will always be fraught with the danger of aerosol dissemination and cross infection.

To minimize this risk, we designed a simple intubation tent which can help minimize the aerosol dissemination risk to the operator. All other advocated measures, including personal protective equipment, N 95 masks, minimizing mask ventilation and early inflation of the balloon on the endotracheal tube are all to be practiced in addition to the use of this tent.

STEPS FOR USE:

  • This tent can be made with clear plastic, with two sleeves in it into which the operator inserts his hands, and then puts on an extra pair of gloves, in addition to the ones he or she is already wearing as part of the PPE. The gloves go over the edges of the plastic sleeve ensuring a good seal.
  • All equipment for intubation, including laryngoscope, suction, guedels airway, syringe for inflation of the cuff, and endo tracheal tube of the appropriate size are placed on the chest of the patient to be intubated.
  • The edges of the plastic are tucked under the mattress on three sides of the head of the bed, and the inferior edge is tucked under the patients bedcovers, so no air will escape into the room onto the operator standing at the head end.
  • The operator is able to see through the plastic to intubate the patient after the administration of appropriate relaxant via a peripheral iv access.
  • After intubation the cuff is inflated, and the suction utilized to suck out the air in the tent prior to disassembly.

This way very little  air from the patient will disseminate into the room to potentially infect caregivers.

Our photos showcase Mr Dhani Ram, our tailor who has created this tent.



STAY SAFE EVERYONE!

 

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Patient app released in times of Covid-19

For our patients we have now released an app that will permit patients to access their details and communicate with the hospital from home. It may help them stay at home for non emergent needs. It is free and can be downloaded from Google App Store by scanning the code. We hope it helps communicate and  allay anxiety during these lockdown times at home. So again please do come to hospital only when absolutely necessary till these times pass us by. Stay safe!

 

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Radiologist Dr. Amy Thomas provides ultrasonography in LWH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The absence of a radiologist in Manali has been a huge issue for conducting ultrasound examinations. The ultrasound machine has been described as an extension of the stethoscope, an essential component of the doctors armamentarium. Essential for antenatal check ups, invaluable in trauma and emergent situations besides elective diagnosis, the people of Manali had to travel far and wide to obtain an ultrasound exam of reliable quality. Other sonologists outside did provide these examinations in Manali on certain days of the week, but not all the time. 

Dr. Amy Thomas has trained in Christian Medical College Vellore and will now provide her services in the Lady Willingdon hospital round the clock. Routine examinations will be done on Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays. Specialised examinations and interventions will be done on other days. We are delighted that she is serving the people in this way. She is an answer to prayer. 

We have two ultrasound machines, one of which has echocardiographic capability and doppler provision, and a portable one for FAST, (Focussed Assessement of Sonography in Trauma). We are also grateful to Dr. Jangdeep Banga for donating another portable machine to us for use in our peripheral camps. We are also indebted to him for stepping in and providing ultrasound services during the time Dr. Amy was training. 

Ultrasound uses sound waves, generated from a piezoelectric transmitter. These waves are harmless to the body, and pass through the body depending on the density of the organs. They are deflected and blocked by solid organs, like bone, and pass through viscera and other parts with varying penetrance. The transducer reads the deflected and blocked signals, and converts them into a decipherable image which is interpreted by the radiologist. 

The local populace and the press are also very appreciative of this development and look forward to the service with anticipation. Here are some links to the local newspapers. 

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