Reconstructive Flap Course – The Reconstructive Surgical Flap course ran from Monday 2nd November to 6th November at the Korle-Bu Medical School, Accra, and at the Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burns Centre, Korle-Bu.  The 26 course delegates who completed the course were surgeons from various centres in Ghana.  The faculty included Mr Stuart Watson, Canniesburn Unit, Glasgow; Mr Tony Laing, Mr Albert Paintsil, Mr Opoku Ampomah, Mr Edem Anyigba and Mr Kwame Darko (the latter 5 surgeons all from Korle-Bu, Accra)  The plastic surgery registrars provided invaluable assistance.  This intensive course was concentrated on providing practical experience in the design and application of surgical flaps in reconstructive surgery, with a particular emphasis on their application in the African setting.  The course included live surgical demonstrations from Mr Abert Paintsil, Mr Stuart Watson and Mr Opoku Ampomah.  Feedback from the course delegates was extremely positive.

Inter burns Essential Burn Care Course, supported by THET/DFID – On Friday 6th November, the local surgical faculty at the Burns and Plastic Surgery Centre were joined by two of the senior nurses, Mrs Sheila Addison and Mrs Doris Ntekow to run an Interburns Essential Burn Care (EBC) course for Nurses ( Interburns.org).  External members of the course faculty were Mr Stuart Watson and Miss Lucy Watson from Resurge Afica, Ms Begat Woldehawariat from Ethiopia and Ms Dominique Navet of Interburns.  Mr Stuart Watson and Ms Navet co-organised the Course with excellent assistance from the administrative team in the Centre.  Forty five nurses from Accra, Kumasi, and Sierra Leone took part and received teaching in a variety of formats.  The EBC course was received with great enthusiasm.  The course was funded from the UK by DFID (Department for International Development) and THET (Tropical Health and Education Trust UK).

This course is the beginning of a two year project funded under the THET Health Partnership Scheme involving multiple further courses in Burns Nursing for Ghana and West Africa.  In addition, the project shall establish clinical guidelines and patient safety procedures – these latter initiatives were greatly welcomed by the burns nurses on the course, who felt that these protocols could greatly enhance the care given to burn patients in their hospitals.

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