A TAMESIDE Hospital radiographer is heading to Africa on a charity mission to help teach staff how to use their first X-ray CT machine.
Adele Trueman, 47, is giving up two weeks of her annual holiday and still saving up to finance the trip to Kenya where she will teach three radiographers how to use the CT machine, which has been donated to the missionary-run Kijabe Hospital.
The machine, which has been donated by a hospital in Canada, is being shipped over to Africa in the next few weeks, with advanced practitioner Adele due to fly out in July.
“I’m nervous, especially as I will be going out there on my own,” said the mum-of-two from Stalybridge. “It’s a volatile environment and I’ve been advised not to travel at night. But I couldn’t miss the opportunity to pass on my knowledge. It’s a once in a lifetime chance, and there was no way I wanted to miss it. Plus I have had lots of support from family and friends.”
Adele, who has worked at Tameside Hospital for almost 24 years, was approached by a former Tameside GP. He and his wife have worked as missionaries in Africa for over 10 years and he thought her experience made her ideally suited to bringing her Kenyan counterparts up to speed.
“As a radiographer, this was the perfect opportunity. I have a real desire to serve and I would also really like to experience a different culture. Fortunately, I’m going out there during the Kenyan winter, so the temperature shouldn’t be too much of an issue.
“There have been other missions, but they are often more medically based. I doubt if one will come along again that is so perfectly suited to my own area of expertise.”
The CT scanner is being installed to prevent wear and tear on the local ambulances used by Kijabe Hospital, which currently have to ferry patients to Nairobi, an hour away.