Assist RR’s Cardiology & Echocardiogram Clinic in Mannar

Due to the absence of specialist cardiology service provision in Mannar district in Sri Lanka and the resulting long list of patients waiting to see a cardiologist in Jaffna or Vavuniya, Assist RR (UK & SL) set up a cardiology and echocardiogram clinic in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Northern Provincial Council in Mannar between 5th-9th June 2017. This clinic was conducted by Dr Wala Mattar and Dr Mayooran Shanmuganathan, who are cardiology doctors from Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals in London, UK. Over the course of 5 days, 255 patients of all ages were seen by the cardiologists. These patients would otherwise have had to wait months for an appointment and travel 100s of kilometres to see a cardiac specialist, often involving an overnight admission to Mannar hospital and inter-hospital transport the next morning. During this clinic, the doctors assessed their symptoms, clinical signs including blood pressure and performed an echocardiogram on all the patients. Patients with heart conditions were given follow up appointments with a general medical physician in Mannar District General Hospital. A handful of patients were referred to the nearest paediatric cardiologist, interventional cardiologist and cardiothoracic surgeon for further evaluation of their symptoms with view to an interventional procedure or surgery. Assist RR remains grateful to the donors who contributed towards the cost of accommodation food and local travel for the participating doctors. The remaining funds will be used towards running of the same clinics in the future. To read the full story, please click the link below:

Assist RR Cardiology & Echo Cardiogram Clinic Mannar June 2017

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