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Surgeons head to Palestine as part of bid to improve medical practice

By West Briton  |  Posted: March 18, 2014

Magdalena and Robin Kincaid are heading to the West Bank and Gaza.

Magdalena and Robin Kincaid are heading to the West Bank and Gaza.

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TWO SURGEONS from Truro are hoping to make a difference in the Middle East by travelling to the troubled region to hold a teaching course.

Robin and Magdalena Kincaid, who work at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, at Treliske, will set off for Palestine next month.

Along with five other doctors, the couple will run a three-day basic surgical course (BSC) for trainee teams from the West Bank and Gaza at the Augusta Victoria Hospital, in East Jerusalem.

Range of skills

This will be the fourth time the couple have volunteered to take part in the programme which teaches trainees a range of skills from hygiene to intricate surgical techniques.

Mr Kincaid said: "The course offers the trainees their first structured journey into professional life."

The BSC also aims to build the confidence of the surgeons so they feel able to tackle emergency cases which would be delayed by roadblocks and checkpoints on the way to larger hospitals.

Mrs Kincaid said: "The course has been so welcomed here. We all felt humbled by the Palestinian trainees' positive attitude to learning and to life."

Despite funding from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency and the Ramallah-based Juzoor Foundation the programme is in need of new medical instruments.

Mr Kincaid added: "One of our challenges is always making sure we have enough equipment and everyone has the same as the demonstrator."

Donations towards equipment and instruments for the course can be made through Natasha Photiou on 01872 255017 or natasha. photiou@rcht.cornwall.nhs.uk

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