North medical team prepares to fly to India

A team of doctors and nurses from South Tyneside Hospital are travelling to rural India to carry out dozens of operations.

A team of doctors and nurses from South Tyneside Hospital are travelling to rural India to carry out dozens of operations.

Led by consultant anaesthetist Dr Sanjay Deshpande, 10 staff will be helping out at Derwan charitable hospital near Goa.

Dr Deshpande first visited the hospital for one day during a holiday last year and decided to go back to help.

"I was just there for a day and ended up being roped in to doing a lot of work, but it was very rewarding," said Dr Deshpande yesterday.

"It's the only hospital between Goa and Bombay, but they haven't got specialist staff to carry out certain procedures. We'll be doing eye surgery for cataracts, procedures for hernias and varicose veins, and laparoscopic surgery," added Dr Deshpande.

Dr Deshpande will travel to Goa on February 10 with fellow consultant anaesthetist Dr Jim Carter, optometrist Dr Dugald Bell, consultant surgeon Dr Kamil Wynne, operating department practitioner Peter Waters and five nurses.

They hope to raise £2,000 so they can take medical equipment and drugs with them. Anyone who wants to donate can do so at South Tyneside Hospital's anaesthetic department.

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