Tristan da Cunha Hospital News
Health and medical news from Tristan da Cunha and its Camogli Hospital.


From Tristan to St Kilda

Alasdair MacEachen from Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, writes:

I still follow Tristan news with interest since my visit on the RMS in 2011. I have kept up my Tristan Association membership and enjoy reading the magazine to catch up on the news.

Sponge Jones reading the Tristan Newsletter on St Kilda

Last time round the magazine included a feature on your new Camogli Health Centre and it so happens that the same contractor, Galliford Try, are engaged in building work for the Ministry of Defence on my neighbouring island of St Kilda, just fifty miles west of Benbecula. On one of my trips to St Kilda in May, I discovered the one of the workmen had been working on the Tristan project for eight months before he came to St Kilda.

I was back out on St Kilda a couple of weeks ago, and I got a chance to meet up with Eirian (Sbonge) and left him my copy of the latest 'Tristan da Cunha Newsletter' to read the article on the Health Centre as he also appeared in the photo of the workmen taken in front of the completed building.

Above: Sbonge Jones reads the Tristan Newletter on St Kilda,

and below: with Tim Dunn and Barry Davies on Tristan

Sponge Jones on Tristan da Cunha

I have attached a photo of Sbonge with the magazine taken on St Kilda on 16th September with the island of Dun, part of the St Kilda group,in the background.

A small world as they say.

Editor's note: St Kilda is the remotest of the British Isles, and was famed for its remote island lifestyle, not dissimilar to Tristan's. In 1930, like Tristan, the whole population was evacuated to the mainland, but unlike Tristan they were dispersed and never returned. The isand has not been permanently settled since.

School's Hospital Artwork

Children from St Mary's School visited the new Camogli Healthcare Centre to see their artwork in place.
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Chief Islander's Speech at the New Healthcare Centre Opening

Chief Islander Ian Lavarello's speech
Chief Islander, Ian Lavarello

Speech by Chief Islander Ian Lavarello at the Ceremony on Friday 9th June 2017

"This is a very special moment for Tristan. Our new healthcare centre is more impressive than any of us dared to imagine - and it will make a real difference to the life of our community.

My ancestor Gaetano came here in 1878, and it's great that his home town Camogli still gives its name to this new building. On Tristan, we honour our heritage at the same time as we welcome the new.

This couldn't have happened without the commitment of DFID in the UK, and the patient co-ordination of Barry Davies here on the island. Our sincere thanks go to both. Thank you as well, to all the Tristanians who've contributed in so many ways to this project - from offloading equipment to welcoming our guests. And, we salute the skill of the amazing contractors who've lived and worked among us for all these months - we're missing you already!

So, welcome, then - to the new Camogli Healthcare Centre. We will make good use of this place: not just taking care of us when we're ill, but promoting our health as well.

Congratulations to everyone who's made this possible!"

Camogli Healthcare Centre Opens

Tristan's eldest resident opens the new Camogli Healthcare Centre.
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Contractors Depart as centre is completed

Final group of Galliford Try contractors depart Tristan as the Healthcare Centre is completed.
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Contractors thanked as Healthcare Centre is completed

Tristan congratulates the Galliford Try Contractors who built their new Healthcare Centre.
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Latest photos of the new Healthcare Centre

Photo report on 1st June showing the almost finished Healthcare Centre
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Camogli Healthcare Centre construction update

Decorations add finishing touches to new health facility which nears completion
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Nine Contractors Depart

Camogli Healthcare Centre construction nears completion as Galliford Try contractors depart
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