Striving for better care for people born with cleft lip and/or palate, in the East of England & in the developing world and elsewhere overseas as decided by the trustees
Working together with health professionals for a better cleft care in the UK and overseas. Their dedication for health services is truly inspiring!
“My name is Anne Procter and I work in the Plastics surgery unit of Main Theatres at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge. I drive to work and the infrastructure is all mapped out for me and I don’t think twice about how I get to work and when I get there I get on with my work with all the super technology available to me. I live in a world where I take many things for granted. The other day I got home and there was a power cut and it annoyed me. Then I readdressed my thoughts and calmed down. This was because in May 2011 I went on another Operation Smile mission to Ethiopia where I and the many volunteers I worked with, constantly reminded ourselves how lucky we are for living in a country where we do not lack the basic amenities and how we take things for granted.
It was a two-
We operated on 105 patients during the two-
My impressions – Challenging, because it was hot (temperature–wise) and I struggled to get a good night’s sleep, after working late (7,8 and 9pm) and that took the toll on my energy levels. We had power cuts and we ran out of water sometimes, so washing hands for scrubbing up was definitely a challenge. The autoclave broke down several times. The scrub staff disappeared and was hard to trace.
Rewarding – “seeing the smiles on not just the patient, but a family and a whole community”. The transformation is amazing. I also got a sense of togetherness and friendship with the volunteers, not to mention the hundreds of laughs and good times with people from all over the world”
ANNE PROCTER, Staff Nurse, Addenbrooke’s Hospital NHS
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