Balapitiya Base Hospital Balapitiya, Sri Lanka
This elective is organised by Projects Abroad.
The Balapitiya Base Hospital is a government-funded hospital offering a wide range of departments. Recently having an additional unit added which includes: Gynaecology ward, Antenatal ward (Where patients admitted before the delivery), Postnatal ward (Where patients admitted after the delivery) could accommodate 120 patients at a time. The hospital is located in Balapitiya, which are around 35km from Galle in the Southern Province and around 80km from Colombo. There are some beautiful beaches to explore nearby including Hikkaduwa, Bentota and Unawatuna.
You can start at the hospital at 8am each day and finish by 4pm.
This hospital is open around the clock. However, you will normally be expected to work with the Doctor during his daytime outpatient and Surgery hours.
It is important that you continually check with your doctor regarding timings. Many things in Sri Lanka are not as organised as your home country, and this includes hospitals. Therefore if your doctor is late or delayed, please use your initiative – ask to shadow nurses or paramedics, or use the time to review case notes and case histories of some of the things you have already seen.
Itineraries will change at short notice, wherever possible you will be notified, but by asking lots of questions, showing enthusiasm and developing a good rapport you can be sure that the staff around you will respond and will try and help you in any way they can. The doctors and nurses in your placement are committed to ensuring your stay is a productive and educational one.