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Dungannon paramedicís mission of mercy to India.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Dungannon paramedicís mission of mercy to India. thumbnailJohn Spratt

DUNGANNON paramedic John Spratt recently embarked on a trip to India, to share his medical knowledge with the local doctors, nurses and paramedics.

John who has been a paramedic for 12 years at Dungannon Ambulance Station, on 29th October, made the trip from Dungannon to outside the city of Karnal in Northern India.

The 10 day trip was aimed to inform doctors and paramedics about updated medical practices and procedures they might not have had the opportunity or access to.

He went to India, along with three others, including Shauna Loughran from Cookstown.

Day to day the group created lesson plans and delivered them to the nurses and trainee technicians.

Speaking to the Tyrone Courier, John explained how the opportunity arose; "One of my training officers had asked me if I was interested in going to India to help.

The trip was on a voluntary basis training junior doctors, nurses and paramedics in basic ambulance skills, and helping in A&E.

"The accommodation we stayed in was supplied by the hospital over there, it was the most basic accommodation you could imagine. We were washing clothes in a bucket and taking cold showers.

"The trip was unpaid, so flights were self funded, I held coffee mornings and other events to help raise funds to go towards the hospital but I also received donations from local Dungannon businesses.

The local people were very kind, often inviting John for tea, emphasising the impact the work had on the local people.

During their trip John and his colleagues helped a local doctor who was struggling to determine if a patient was suffering a heart attack.

John and his team were quick to step up and offer help and issue the correct care.

This emphasises the importance of the work they travelled out to do, and is just one example of how their help is saving lives.

The group also helped with health and safety procedures such as properly disposing of used needles and supplies, ensuring there is no contamination on tools or spread of infection or diseases.

John said; "I am definitely planning to go back as soon as I can as this work is still ongoing. Frank Armstrong, our training officer who is still over there at the minute on a six month trip on unpaid leave, is aiming to keep expanding the area the groups go to in order to further the education and keep improving, and increasing the chance of recovery and survival."


"It was such a humbling experience and honestly puts things in to perspective. It is the best thing I have ever done in my life.

"I cant wait to do it again and I am so grateful for the opportunity."

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