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Democratic Republic of the Congo
I studied medicine in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and then moved to North Oxfordshire to undergo training in general practice (family medicine). I then joined a partnership in a large local general practice providing NHS care for around 18,000 patients, where I remained for 27 years.
During that time I trained newly qualified doctors to become GPs and developed extra skills in children and women's health, and skin medicine.
After our four children grew up and sort of left home - most parents will recognise that this isn't a quick process and bits of their lives gradually oozed, like amoebas, from their old home to their respective new and more or less independent ones - I started working as a volunteer expedition medic in my spare time, travelling, among other places, to Kenya, Tanzania, China, Madagascar and, most recently, Transylvania.
I’m on my first assignment with MSF, and I’m going to be a clinical lead at a hospital in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Democratic Republic of the Congo (4)
Healthcare provision (2)
Life in the field (6)
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Night shift in Chad: Hot off the ward
26 Jun 2017
Chad: Jumping Jack Flash
07 Apr 2017
Chad: The Angry Blog
21 Mar 2017
Chad: "When shaking hands, do not be the first to spit"
17 Feb 2017
Being part of MSF: Living across cultures
30 Nov 2016
A volcano, an amorous wife, and the two Constances: First days as a doctor in DRC
20 Oct 2016
Taking Amazon to the Congo: first days in DRC
19 Sep 2016
Is there wine in the Congo?
26 Aug 2016