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Christian Healthcare Network West Midway Bulletin Issue No.51 Dec 2011

News from Christian Healthcare Network West


Happy Christmas to All

Next Bristol GP support evening in Monday 23rd January at 8pm. I've personally found these very helpful as we wrestle with some of the clinical, ethical and spiritual challenges faced by working GPs. All useful material for appraisal! We would love to welcome more interested colleagues. Contact Phil Simmons for more details -

Just a reminder that we are holding another joint meeting with the Catholic Medical Association in the New Year. In response to concerns about the quality of care in some institutions by the Patient’s Association and CQC, Professor Ruud ter Meulen, Director of the Centre for Ethics in Medicine, Bristol University will address the question – “What has happened to patient care in the UK?”
Wednesday 18th January 2012 at the newly restored St James Priory, next to Bristol Bus Station. Prayer from 7pm, Refreshments from 7.20pm, Meeting starts 7.45pm.

News from Members
Leaving Bristol to volunteer with Mercy Ships
I have resigned from my job as a consultant anaesthetist at Bristol Children's Hospital in order to volunteer fulltime for the charity Mercy Ships. Mercy Ships operates the world's largest charity hospital ship, the Africa Mercy. Based in West Africa the Africa Mercy visits poor countries at the invitation of the host nations government, usually for approximately 8-10 months, and delivers healthcare free of charge. There are 6 operating theatres, 4 wards and small ICU and even a CT scanner on board, enabling specialised life-changing surgeries to be performed. Mercy Ships aims to bring hope and healing, because without such surgeries, there is little hope for those that need help.

You can read more of what I am doing on my blog drmichelleonboard.blogspot.com

Or if you feel able, I would appreciate prayer for the following:
1. wisdom and skill to do my job as an anaesthetist
2. patience and courage to overcome the challenges I will face
3. finances to support my living costs

Further information about Mercy Ships or volunteering in a medical or non-medical capacity can be found on their website www.mercyships.org.uk

Visit: http://www.drmichelleonboard.blogspot.com/