Hartlepool speech leads to vital boost for Cambodian village

Dr Daisy Taylor and fellow volunteer Andrew Milne with staff from the community clinic.
Dr Daisy Taylor and fellow volunteer Andrew Milne with staff from the community clinic.

VITAL help has been given to a Cambodian village thanks to a speech given in Hartlepool.

Members of the Hartlepool NHS Retirement Fellowship have made a difference to staff in a Cambodian community clinic. It happened after they hosted Claire Young, the head of communications for North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Daisy Taylor and fellow volunteer Andrew Milne with staff from the community clinic.

Dr Daisy Taylor and fellow volunteer Andrew Milne with staff from the community clinic.

Claire gave a presentation to the fellowship about her experience of visiting the Battambang Referral Hospital and its community clinics with the charity Transform Healthcare Cambodia.

And after hearing from her, Fellowship members were keen to help the hospital as well.

Secretary of the group Margaret Payne said: “When Claire told us about health services in Cambodia and how the Cambodian people are trying to rebuild their services after the atrocities of the Pol Pot regime in the late 70s we wanted to do something to show our support.”

Claire was part of a group that went to Cambodia from the Tees Valley last November.

‘We hope this is a long-term relationship’

Dr Daisy Taylor

She was joined by consultant obstetrician Steve Wild and midwife Shirley Carter, plus neonatal nurse Michelle Jones from South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. They visited a birthing room in the Wat Tamim community clinic and asked the midwife in charge what would help her improve the facility for labouring mothers.

The midwife told Shirley dust blew into the delivery room during the dry season and it made it hard to keep equipment clean.

Margaret added: “We donated £50 to the charity and we were delighted when Dr Daisy Taylor, who led the second team tripmedi a few weeks ago, told us she’d been able to buy a suitable cupboard and present it to the staff.

Dr Taylor said: “Transform Healthcare Cambodia has been set up to identify training needs and educate the staff in the Battambang Referral Hospital and their 80 community clinics. We very much hope this is a long relationship and will empower the staff in Battambang to make long-lasting improvements to the care they provide for patients.”

Poeple can find out more about the Combodia-based charity by visiting its website at www.transformhealthcarecambodia.org.uk or on facebook at Transform Healthcare Cambodia.