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


New X-Ray Set-up at the Hospital

Report from Dr Alex Wonner. Photo from Vera Glass

DR X-Ray equipment being installed the Camgoli Healthcare Centre.

Nicky Swain and Leo Glass from the IT department setting up the new DR x-ray reader for Camogli Healthcare Centre.

The Camogli Healthcare Centre has recently endured a period without a functioning digital radiography (DR) panel, but a new DR panel from Vieworks was brought to Tristan by the SA Agulhas II during the short visit on the 13th August 2021.

The hospital is very thankful to finally have the new DR panel up and running. It is a very good quality imaging system and we hope it will last as long or even longer than the previous one. The X-ray images are definitely much sharper and the processing is instant, done directly on the panel. With the previous system, we had first to put the plate into a developer.

The old equipment did however give us good service for over ten years. The hospital will therefore try to fix the software of the previous machine and keep it as a spare, if it is possible and not too expensive. Being so remote, it is difficult to be without essential tools.

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Jonathan's Story

By Dr Silvia Paz and Jonathan Repetto

Jonathan RepettoJonathan Repetto is a cheerful and talented young man who very much loved by the community of Tristan da Cunha. For many years he has struggled with his body weight which was affecting his health and his quality of life.

In March 2020 Jonathan was very sick with lung and heart problems requiring oxygen and a special breathing machine for use at night, due to the high chance that he could stop breathing. Although he became a bit better, his life was not the same, he was only able to walk short distances and it was difficult to work or even do his normal routine.

Jonathan understood that losing weight was the only choice to sustain his life. He received enormous support from the Healthcare Team as well as from his family and friends, but only his strong will power could achieve his goal.

On Friday 25th of September 2020, Jonathan had a serious heart attack and he was promptly brought to the Hospital where he "arrested". The health team at Camogli Hospital worked for hours on him, performing cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. Miraculously, Jonathan came back. He woke up with his big smile and his usual jokes, praising the Lord and thanking others for his return.

Outside the emergency room, his family and friends cried with delight to hear the great news. It was a very special moment for those that could witness such an emotional scene. Jonathan has since travelled to Cape Town on the SA Agulhas II to see the specialist cardiologist there.

Jonathan is a new man; he is looking fantastic. He has lost 45 kg (in 6 months) and everybody can notice it!

Jonathan is a hero to us - a man with a will of steel, who can conquer any challenge and recover his own heath by changing his lifestyle. We are so proud of him!

Stamp issue: Mid Atlantic Healthcare

These stamps illustrate the history of healthcare on Tristan da Cunha.
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Medical Emergency on the MFV Edinburgh

A crew member on the MFV Edinburgh, taken ill at Tristan, received medical assistance on the island and was successfully evacuated to Cape Town for hospital treatment.
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Island Council takes steps to protect island from coronavirus

Visitor ban announced until further notice
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Page Updated: Tristan da Cunha Healthcare History

Summary of history of healthcare on Tristan, from provision by missionaries to the first permanent hospital.
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New Page: Tristan da Cunha Camogli Healthcare Centre

Tristan da Cunha's hospital is manned by expatriate doctors and local nurses, with regular visits by dentists and optometrists. It often helps to treat casualties from maritime emergencies.
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From Tristan to St Kilda

Galliford Try contractor Sponge Jones who worked on the Camogli Healthcare Centre is currently working on a project on St Kilda, the remotest of the British Isles.
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