The Surgery – Uganda

the-surgery-entranceThe Surgery is an International Medical Clinic established in the 1940’s. This 24-hour facility includes an ambulance service, emergency department, in-patient care, laboratory services, prenatal and obstetrical services, immunization, comprehensive HIV care, and family medicine. The Surgery does considerable charitable work. A street children’s network and most all the orphanages in Kampala rely on The Surgery and receive free consultations.

 

All staff and most all patients speak English. Students participate in the wide range of emergency care and primary care is provided. They report that the doctors are very eager to teach and provide insights on culture and medicine. Students find that the educational environment and standard of medical care at the Surgery is extremely high.

 

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Location & Community

 

Kampala is the capital city of Uganda, situated on the northern shore of Lake Victoria in eastern Africa. Makerere University, one of East and Central Africa’s premier educational institutions, is located in Kampala, as is the headquarters of the East African Development Bank. Despite its close proximity to the equator, the city has a moderate climate, largely due to its elevation of 4,000 feet/1,200 meters.

Transportation

 

Visitors to Uganda fly into the International Airport that serves the city of Kampala. Airport taxis await all planes and are available to take passengers into the city. The Surgery can also arrange a vehicle to transport visitors from the airport.

Visa Matters

 

For current information, please visit the Embassy website appropriate for your country. United States citizens can visit the Embassy of Uganda in Washington, DC.

Traveler’s Health & Safety

 

Malaria is unusual in Kampala but more common outside of the city. Chloroquine-resistance is present, and prophylaxis with mefloquine, doxycycline or malarone is generally recommended. The Surgery physicians can offer advice regarding prophylaxis. One should consult with their personal physician before traveling, and refer to the CDC Travel Website for the most up-to-date health information.

 

Travelers are advised to refer to the United States State Department website for the most up-to-date general travel information, and to regularly view current travel advisories.

People Served

 

Those coming for care at The Surgery are mostly expatriates, tourists, wealthier Ugandans, and those working for entities that provided medical insurance – including airlines, embassies and NGOs in Uganda. They tend to be more educated and truly interested in maintaining their personal health. The Surgery also offers charitable services. A street children’s charity and most all the orphanages in Kampala rely on The Surgery for medical care and receive free consultations. In addition to the common health problems encountered in primary care, The Surgery also regularly attends to those suffering from malaria, schistosomiasis, HIV, and intestinal parasitic diseases.

Languages

 

English is the most common language spoken in Kampala. The entire staff of The Surgery speak English, as do most all the patients. Other languages commonly used in the city include Swahili, Luganda, and Congolese.

Medical Care Services

 

The Surgery is an International Medical Clinic established in the 1940’s and is based on the General Practice model as followed by Britain, Canada and many other European countries. This 24-hour medical facility includes an ambulance service, emergency department, in-patient care, laboratory services, prenatal and obstetrical services, immunization, comprehensive HIV care, and family medicine.

 

The Surgery routinely provides care for a wide range of emergencies, including major trauma, renal colic, myocardial infarction, severe malaria, meningitis, appendicitis, intestinal obstruction, hemorrhage, ectopic pregnancies, severe respiratory infections, HIV multiple organ disease, and acute asthma. Minor surgical procedures are performed at The Surgery, and major cases are referred to appropriate medical centers.

Healthcare Profession Staff

 

The Surgery is lead by Dr Richard Stockley, MBBS, a British trained general practitioner who graduated from the Liverpool School for Tropical Medicine. He has lived and worked in Uganda since 1984. He is joined by eight other physicians of Canadian, Australian, and Ugandan background.

Website

 

http://www.thesurgeryuganda.org

Student Experience

 

Students from America, Germany and Australia regularly study at The Surgery. They report that the doctors are very eager to teach and provide insights on culture and medicine. Students find that the educational environment and standard of medical care at the Surgery is extremely high.

Student Blogs

 

Carney Marszalk

Amanda Schmidt

Student Lodging & Meals

 

Lodging is available at a guesthouse located near The Surgery. Lunch is provided on site, and restaurants and grocery shops are plentiful.

Outside Communication

 

Mobile phones and calling cards can be purchased in Kampala. Internet cafes are plentiful.

Diversion

 

Many students take advantage of their weekends in Uganda to visit game parks, particularly Murchison Falls National Park. White-water rafting on the Nile River is also popular.

Behavior & Dress

 

Men should look smartly and wear a dress shirt and tie to work. Women wear skirts or dress pants and should be careful that their shoulders are always covered.

What To Pack

 

Visitors should bring copies of all healthcare profession licenses, diplomas, or certifications. It is also recommended to pack a carry-on bag that has essentials items just in case one’s luggage becomes lost. Bring clothes appropriate for the weather. Most any item can be purchased in Kampala. A headlight or flashlight is important for the occasional power blackout. Water purification tablets may be handy for outings. The plug sockets are the same as in the UK, so a plug adapter set may be useful.