I recently underwent major surgery on my back. Prior to the operation, I suffered extreme pain caused by a trapped sciatic nerve. During this time, I fully appreciated what benefits accrued from membership of the Iasis Hospital Kamares Emergency Medical Clinic scheme. I received superb care and attention from all the staff at the clinic both during normal opening times and, more importantly, outside their usual morning surgery times.
I was receiving pain-killing injections twice daily morning and afternoon and, when the pain became too severe for me to travel the three kilometers to the clinic, I was able to arrange, privately with the resident nurse and receptionist, Jacqueline Donaghy, for her to administer the injections at my house twice daily including weekends. Following release from hospital following my operation, the dressing on my back had to be changed twice daily and again the staff was absolutely meticulous in maintaining the highest possible level of sanitation to ensure that there was no risk of infection.
It is difficult to think how my wife and I would have coped without the use of this facility and I cannot thank them enough for their care and attention during my problems. I know I am not alone in praising this facility in the short time it has been operating and it has already been responsible for helping to save lives through their ability to react speedily to any medical emergency in the Tala area.
In my opinion, it is absolutely essential that this facility remains in existence. However, I am aware that more members are required to ensure that this happens. I would, therefore, urge all residents of Tala, whether they live here permanently or only spend a few months a year on the island, to consider joining the scheme which, at present, costs Euros 95 per person per annum. You never know when you might need to use this excellent facility and we really cannot afford to see it disappear.