June 2017

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June 2017

June 29th – EDPA

Despite being hesitant to attend EDPA clinic today after spending two days on the chaotic wards at Hoima hospital, I was pleasantly surprised to see clean floors, one patient to a bed space, sufficient equipment, good staffing levels and an environment that I would feel confident to be treated in myself. Sam, Mariann and I were welcomed with smiles from the staff we were introduced to and the staff were very willing to take time to explain what they were doing and why. This really boosted my confidence and made me feel part of the team. Throughout the morning I played an active part in the ward round. This included taking observations and learning new skills such as; administering medication and dressing a severe burn. Unlike my experience in Hoima hospital the ward round only took two hours and I feel this was done in an orderly and professional manner. The doctor documented clear clinical notes and explained his findings and plan for the day to his patients.

During my time at EDPA I also spent some time working in the labs where I did my first ever blood test, yayyy! This made me feel proud and excited to tell my friends and family back home! My overall experience of the EDPA clinic is that patients are treated with respect and dignity where possible and confidential issues can be taken to a private room if need be. I am looking forward to returning there tomorrow.

Rachel

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