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A Day in the Life of a Doctor Working at The Himalayan Rescue Association
  1. Dr Suzy Stokes1 and
  2. S Mackenzie, Registrar in Emergency Medicine2
  1. 1Locum SHO in Emergency Medicine, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Infirmary Square, Leicester, LE1 5WW. 07814263092 suzystokes{at}doctors.org.uk
  2. 2Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Sciennes Road, Edinburgh

Abstract

The Himalayan Rescue Association’s (HRA) clinic in Pheriche, Nepal (4243m) is one of a number of high altitude medical posts where demands for services are increasing. Every year international doctors see over 1000 patients, assisting local people with basic health needs and providing emergency care for trekkers with both altitude-related and general illnesses and injuries. This article describes the work of the voluntary clinic and some of the challenges it faces.

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