Nurse swaps Northumberland for Nepal to help earthquake victims

Community staff nurse Bruce Fraser will provide wound care and antibiotics to those affected by the recent earthquakes in Nepal

A community nurse is swapping Northumberland for Nepal to help survivors of the two earthquakes that hit the country earlier this year.

Bruce Fraser

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust community staff nurse Bruce Fraser, who has 20 years of nursing experience, is using his summer break to provide care to those affected by the earthquakes in villages in central Nepal.

More than 9,000 people died and hundreds of thousands were left homeless following the earthquake in April and the major aftershock just over two weeks later.

Mr Fraser will be carrying out relief work with the assistance of Childreach International (Nepal), a non-governmental organisation, and his tasks are likely to include triaging patients, setting up drips and delivering antibiotics and wound care.

Relief efforts are being complicated by monsoon rains which started last month.

Mr Fraser said: ‘I think the hardest part will be the scale of the suffering, and coming to terms with the fact that I can’t help everyone.’

Mr Fraser travelled to Nepal at the weekend and will spend a fortnight in the country.

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