The Surgery - Uganda
The Surgery is an International Medical Clinic established in the 1940’s. This 24-hour facility includes an ambulance service, emergency department, in-patient care, laboratory services, prenatal and obstetrical services, immunization, comprehensive HIV care, and family medicine. The Surgery does considerable charitable work. A street children’s network and most all the orphanages in Kampala rely on The Surgery and receive free consultations.
All staff and most all patients speak English. Students participate in the wide range of emergency care and primary care is provided. They report that the doctors are very eager to teach and provide insights on culture and medicine. Students find that the educational environment and standard of medical care at the Surgery is extremely high.
Location & CommunityKampala is the capital city of Uganda, situated on the northern shore of Lake Victoria in eastern Africa. Makerere University, one of East and Central Africa’s premier educational institutions, is located in Kampala, as is the headquarters of the East African Development Bank. Despite its close proximity to the equator, the city has a moderate climate, largely due to its elevation of 4,000 feet/1,200 meters.
TransportationVisitors to Uganda fly into the International Airport that serves the city of Kampala. Airport taxis await all planes and are available to take passengers into the city. The Surgery can also arrange a vehicle to transport visitors from the airport.
Visa RequirementFor current information, please visit the Embassy website appropriate for your country. The web address for the Embassy of Uganda in the United States is http://www.ugandaembassy.com
Traveler’s Health & SafetyPlease check the CDC travel website for the most up-to-date health information http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/default.aspx and consult with your physician before traveling. Malaria is unusual in Kampala but more common outside of the city. Chloroquine-resistance is present, and prophylaxis with mefloquine, doxycycline or malarone is generally recommended. The Surgery physicians can offer advice regarding prophylaxis.
Visitors are advised to regularly check the U.S. State Department website for the most up-to-date information regarding travel advisories: http://www.state.gov/travel. Visitors are advised to regularly check the U.S. State Department website for the most up-to-date information regarding country specific travel information http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1765.html
PatientsThose coming for care at The Surgery are mostly expatriates, tourists, wealthier Ugandans, and those working for entities that provided medical insurance - including airlines, embassies and NGOs in Uganda. They tend to be more educated and truly interested in maintaining their personal health. The Surgery also offers considerable charitable work. A street children’s charity and most all the orphanages in Kampala rely on The Surgery for medical care and receive free consultations. In addition to the common health problems encountered in primary care, The Surgery also regularly attends to those suffering from malaria, schistosomiasis, HIV, and intestinal parasitic diseases.
LanguagesEnglish is the most common language spoken in Kampala. The entire staff of The Surgery speak English, as do most all the patients. Other languages commonly used in the city include Swahili, Luganda, and Congolese.
FacilitiesThe Surgery is an International Medical Clinic established in the 1940’s and is based on the General Practice model as followed by Britain, Canada and many other European countries. This 24-hour medical facility includes an ambulance service, emergency department, in-patient care, laboratory services, prenatal and obstetrical services, immunization, comprehensive HIV care, and family medicine.
The Surgery routinely provides care for a wide range of emergencies, including major trauma, renal colic, myocardial infarction, severe malaria, meningitis, appendicitis, intestinal obstruction, hemorrhage, ectopic pregnancies, severe respiratory infections, HIV multiple organ disease, and acute asthma. Minor surgical procedures are performed at The Surgery, and major cases are referred to appropriate medical centers.
Health Profession StaffThe Surgery is lead by Dr Richard Stockley, MBBS, a British trained general practitioner who graduated from the Liverpool School for Tropical Medicine. He has lived and worked in Uganda since 1984. He is joined by eight other physicians of Canadian, Australian, and Ugandan background.
Student ExperienceStudents from Germany and Australia regularly study at The Surgery. They report that the doctors are very eager to teach and provide insights on culture and medicine. Students find that the educational environment and standard of medical care at the Surgery is extremely high.
Student Lodging & MealsLodging is available at a guesthouse located near The Surgery. Lunch is provided on site, and restaurants and grocery shops are plentiful.
Outside CommunicationMobile phones and calling cards can be purchased in Kampala. Internet cafes are plentiful.
DiversionMany students take advantage of their weekends in Uganda to visit game parks, particularly Murchison Falls National Park. White-water rafting on the Nile River is also popular.
Behavior & DressMen should look smartly and wear a dress shirt and tie to work. Women wear skirts or dress pants and should be careful that their shoulders are always covered.
What To PackMost any item can be purchased in Kampala. A headlight or flashlight is important for the occasional power blackout. Water purification tablets may be handy for outings. The plug sockets are the same as in the UK, so a plug adapter set may be useful.