Sheffield surgeon performs surgery free of charge in West Africa

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A Sheffield surgeon travelled to West Africa to carry out operations free of charge to local residents.

Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon, Wale Olarinde, who works at Thornbury Hospital, Ranmoor, visited Ghana as part of a team providing surgery to local people who otherwise might not have been able to access treatment.

Mr Olarinde joined a team of surgeons, anaesthetists and nurses, many from BMI Healthcare’s hospitals across the country, on a surgical outreach visit organised by the UK Forum of the West African College of Surgeons.

It was the such fourth trip organised by the forum, with teams of medics having previously visited Calabar in Nigeria; Monrovia in Liberia and Lome in Togo.

The UK team liaised with a local organising committee in Accra and Tamale to perform surgical procedures on patients free of charge and also provided relevant surgical and nursing training.

Executive Director of BMI Thornbury Hospital, David Mills, said: “We are extremely proud that Mr Olarinde has once again dedicated his time and energy to such a great cause.

“He is an excellent consultant who is respected by colleagues, staff and patients alike at BMI Thornbury Hospital, and we are delighted that people in Ghana have benefited from his expertise.”