PROUD parents Will and Daisy Taylor will have an extra special reason to look forward to their mercy mission to Cambodia next month.
Joining them will be their baby son Jacob who will be nine months when he joins in the 6,000-mile journey from the Tees Valley.
Paediatric doctor Daisy is part of the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust team which is working in conjunction with the Battambang Referral Hospital in Cambodia.
Daisy will lead a team which includes her husband Will who is a doctor at The James Cook University Hospital. The couple are also taking their son Jacob and consultant physician Sue Jones from North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust will also be in the team.
Daisy said the work of the team “will help the dignified and wonderful people of Cambodia to recover from the atrocities of the Pol Pot regime which decimated their country in the late 70s.”
This won’t be the first visit by Daisy and Will.
Two years ago, they travelled to the country as part of the charity Transform Healthcare Cambodia which was set up by people from North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, Teesside University and other interested parties.
The aim, she said, was “to work with staff at the hospital and its community clinics, identify training needs, share good practice and train the staff there.”
The first team of Trust doctors, nurses and a lecturer from Teesside University made the 6,000 mile trip to Cambodia in November.
They met the doctors, nurses and midwives who look after patients at the hospital and its 80 surrounding clinics which serve around one million people in Cambodia’s Battambang province.
The team concentrated on women and children’s care, infection prevention and control and diabetes, which Daisy said was “rife in Cambodia. The trip was, the charity hopes, the first of many.”
She added: “The relationship with the hospital is a long term one because the charity aims to help the hospital train its staff and make sustainable changes to benefit the people of Battambang. The idea also is to have continuity.”
Team 1 has debriefed and handed over to Team 2, which starts its work on February 16.
Daisy said: “I have the privilege of leading DAISY Team 2 and I’m delighted to be joined by a consultant in diabetes care from North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust as well as a number of health professionals from other areas of the country.”
To find out more about Transform Healthcare Cambodia, visit www.transformhealthcarecambodia.org. uk or search Transform Healthcare Cambodia on Facebook.