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Nurses from Morecambe Bay trust travel to Cambodia to share expertise

Colleagues use their annual leave to support Transform Healthcare Cambodia charity

Nurses at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust have been sharing their knowledge and experience with clinicians in Cambodia.

They travelled to Battambang Referral Hospital in the north-western province of Battambang, to work with the charity Transform Healthcare Cambodia.

The team was led by Morecambe Bay executive chief nurse Sue Smith. Among the group was specialist endoscopy nurse Tracy Earl, who works at Furness General Hospital in Barrow and Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal, and intensive care unit nurse Jennifer Woodburn, who works at Royal Lancaster Infirmary. 

Shortly after her arrival, Ms Woodburn earned the praise of colleagues by saving the life of a woman who was experiencing breathing difficulties.

The group arrived in Cambodia on November 2 and left last weekend. All of them used their annual leave to make the trip.

They saw how Transform Healthcare Cambodia is helping to develop medical services. The nurses toured wards and demonstrated how to use new equipment and supplies funded by the charity.

Ms Smith, who has worked with Battambang Referral Hospital for five years, said: ‘The team have enjoyed working alongside our colleagues in Cambodia to empower them to improve health care, while gaining a better understanding of working in a challenging, often under-resourced environment.

‘Resources are such in Cambodia that often, things such as suction tubing are cleaned and re-used. The small things we can do will make a big difference.’ 

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