The King Edward Memorial Hospital is a very good hospital and similar to any District General hospital in UK. It has one main ward, theatres, physiotherapy and clinic rooms. Dramatic medical cases sometimes arrive here from Antarctica and major referrals that cannot be dealt with on site go to the UK or Chile for specialist treatment. Primary and Secondary care in the area is carried out by the same doctors, so patients benefit from good continuity of care and are also treated completely free. Routine clinic work is varied by week-long visits by UK consultants who deal with much of the serious pathology on the islands; this is often undertaken in clinics in outlying settlements which are reached either by small aeroplane or by land rover.
Students can expect to see a wide range of different conditions and will spend time in each of the sections of the hospital, such as pharmacy, pathology, operating theatre and social services, as well as general practice, surgery and Accident and Emergency. An elective in the Falklands is an excellent opportunity to see First world medicine practised in a very different setting than one would usually equate with the developed world. The staff at the hospital are qualified to UK standards and wherever possible the staff adhere to UK medical guidelines and healthcare agendas.
The hospital is run by the Falkland Islands Government but also provides secondary care and surgical services to the Ministry of Defence base in the Islands. It is a physically very safe place to live and work.
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