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Fishtail Hospital

Wednesday, 26. October 2016 23:17

Preconceptions can be troubling things. We had been told so much about what we would be experiencing in the Nepalese hospital system. We are based at Fishtail Hospital which is a private hospital here in Pokhara. It is not the same as an Australian private hospital in that you need private health insurance to access the services, however there is a small fee for services for those who can afford it. The hospital will not turn away patients however and it receives some government funding for its community health work in particular.

Fishtail is a 100 bed hospital with medical, surgical, ICU, obstetrics and gynaecology, radiology, pathology and a CT scanner. There are also consultant specialists in fields such as neurology, psychiatry, endoscopy, ENT and others which you would expect in an Australian hospital.

We were greeted by the hospital chairman and hospital’s matron and presented with leis made of marigold flowers. After a talk from the chairman and another from the matron we were left with the matron who gave us a talk on the community health initiatives of the hospital. These were so similar to Australia in particular dietary education, immunisation, antenatal care and encouragement to meet the world standard of exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months. Whilst our lecturers met with the matron, we visited the roof of the hospital and had amazing views of the fishtail mountain and the Annapurna ranges, part of the Himalayas.

The glare from the snow topped mountains was pretty intense and it was hard to get a non squinty shot! Please note I am also holding Bob Woolly, the mascot of our trip crocheted by the daughter of one of our lecturers!

A tour of the hospital followed which was fascinating. Whilst there were so many differences, we still saw dedicated nurses using evidence based practice and showing they really cared for their patients. We first met in the library where the Florence Nightingale pledge was displayed both in English and in Nepalese.

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I am still trying to process a lot of what I saw on the tour and no doubt will reflect on it further on in our trip.

After lunch we returned to our hotel and a group of us went on a long walk around the lake here in Pokhara. It really is such a beautiful place and one I really want to bring my family back to.

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Our plan is to hire a boat one day and go for a trip on the lake, possibly after hiking up a hill to the temple. Over 15,000 steps today and 49 flights of stairs, and my calves are feeling it!

Finally, this afternoon outside our hotel we had a visitor- apparently they walk up and down the street and graze on the weeds and grasses! We have seen them along main roads, side streets and in the middle of town.

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Episode 83- Road trip!

Wednesday, 2. September 2015 12:46

Please ask for any details here or via email. Of course the episode is also available on YouTube.

Thank-you again to everyone for their love and support over the last 9 months- I really wouldn’t be here without it.

 

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Episode 82- Visiting Dogs and Bad Lighting!

Wednesday, 2. September 2015 12:09

Hi folks! I had issues getting this episode onto Amazon which is where my video files are hosted, so I only have the YouTube version. Enjoy!

 

 

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Episode 81- Spendi Bendi Recap

Tuesday, 28. July 2015 11:20

Please ask for any details here or via email. Of course the episode is also available on YouTube.

Thank-you again to everyone for their love and support over the last 9 months- I really wouldn’t be here without it.

 

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Episode 80- After 9 months…

Thursday, 9. July 2015 7:48

Finally I’ve remembered how to save and convert etc. Hope this has worked. Of course the episode is also available on YouTube.

Thank-you again to everyone for their love and support over the last 9 months- I really wouldn’t be here without it.

 

 

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Episode 78- Happy Birthday Solar Flair Fibres!

Wednesday, 20. August 2014 19:52

Show Notes:

This podcast can also be viewed on YouTube over here!

Shop News: The shop is here if you want to have a looksie! If you haven’t signed up for the newsletter, it is never too lateThe next update will be today at 9am-ish! Don’t forget, 10% off everything in the shop until Sunday, 24th August with the code ‘HAPPY1STSFF’

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Episode 77- Cairns Show, Bendi and Beyond!

Wednesday, 30. July 2014 6:51

Show Notes:

This podcast can also be viewed on YouTube over here!

Shop News: The shop is here if you want to have a looksie! If you haven’t signed up for the newsletter, it is never too lateThe next update will be today at 9am-ish!

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Episode 76- Peer Pressure and Hashtags

Friday, 11. July 2014 12:30

Show Notes:

This podcast can also be viewed on YouTube over here!

FO: Flower in 2.5 Hours

Spinning: Ixchelbunny, Into the Whirled, Spin the Bin

WIPs: Holiday Ale, S(c)hawl from a Magic Ball, Knitpocalyptic Tubularity

Shop News: The shop is here if you want to have a looksie! If you haven’t signed up for the newsletter, it is never too lateThe next update will be Saturday, 9am!

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A Down Under Yarn Episode 75- Longer than expected!

Thursday, 3. July 2014 19:00

Show Notes:

This podcast can also be viewed on YouTube over here!

Administradium-ia-ialia: If your name was drawn for either of the prizes, please contact me, either via Ravelry or fiona at solarflairfibres dot com dot au.

New Podcasts: Dairyland Knits, Hops and Hanks

FO: There and Back (Camp Loopy Socks)

WIPs: Holiday Ale

Spinning: Ixchel Fibres and Yarns

Shop News: The shop is here if you want to have a looksie! If you haven’t signed up for the newsletter, it is never too late! I decided after podcasting to delay the update until Saturday, 9am to allow me to list more in the shop!

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A Down Under Yarn Episode 74- Jetlagged Zombie!

Friday, 27. June 2014 8:11

Show Notes:

This podcast can also be viewed on YouTube over here!

Sorry for the delay in getting this up- I forgot our internet speeds are a tenth of those I experienced in the States! Last night I gave up and went to bed- at 8pm! The shop has updated! Also… next Friday is my birthday and I may be sending out a little present via the newsletter, so make sure you have signed up to receive it!

Shownotes to follow if I have time, otherwise, just ask please! I’ve also found some other goodies I picked up but forgot to show this week! But no steak knives…

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