Dr Atilla with one of two new theatre tables
Dr Atilla with one of two new theatre tables

The St Helena General Hospital has recently received two new operating tables (photos attached) from the Lund University Hospital in Sweden, sourced by the Medico Technical Engineer, Jorgen Larsson from the Swedish Hospital where our Senior Medical Officer, Dr Attila Frigyesi hails from.

The tables are manufactured by Maquet (a multi-national German company which focuses on equipment for surgical workplaces) and are of very high quality, costing around £20,000 each.

 

Director of Health and Social Services, David Jenkins commented:

We are in the process of procuring an array of medical equipment, including better diagnostic equipment, which will stand the test of time and will allow for higher standards of medical provision on St Helena.  These operating tables are of the best quality and will help to provide our patients with better and safer care.  We are extremely grateful for yet another significant and generous contribution from Lund University Hospital, which will be put to good use immediately.”

One of two new theatre tables
One of two new theatre tables

SHG

18 November 2014

Councillor Scipio-O'Dean in Cameroon
Councillor Scipio-O’Dean in Cameroon

Councillor Christine Scipio-O’Dean recently returned to the Island having attended the 60th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference and 34th Small Branches Conference in Cameroon, in October of this year.

The 34th Small Branches Conference comprised of three plenary sessions:

1st Plenary SessionEstablishing the role of a chairperson for small branches

2nd Plenary Session – The challenge of small states vulnerabilities in their quest for social and economic development.  Delegates unanimously endorsed Councillor Scipio-O’Dean’s recommendation – ‘Education is fundamental to improving small states’ resilience to improve social and economic outcomes that will be central to all policy decisions’.

3rd Plenary SessionThe role of Parliament in providing for the most vulnerable in society

During the 60th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, Councillor Scipio-O’Dean was able to attend the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Business Meeting where it was noted that women continue to be disproportionately represented in governance and at all levels of decision-making.

Councillor Scipio-O’Dean also attended two workshops – Joining hands for women’s rights: The role of Parliamentarians in gender empowerment and How can Parliament ensure that young people are placed at the centre of sustainable development? – The role of Education.

Councillor Scipio-O'Dean at the War Memorial
Councillor Scipio-O’Dean at the War Memorial

Councillor Scipio-O’Dean was able to take part in various discussions during the General Assembly meeting where the Hon Dr.Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury,MP, Speaker of Bangladesh Parliament was elected Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee. She also attended the meeting of the New Executive Committee where the Hon Ronald Kaindee MP from Malaysia was elected as Vice Chairperson.  As part of the British Islands and Mediterranean Region, the CPA St Helena Branch will for the first time sit on the CPA Executive Committee.  Members of the St Helena Branch agreed that Councillor Derek Thomas should undertake this role, which will run for a three year period.  Councillor Thomas also became a member of the CPA Planning and Review Subcommittee.

On attending the Conference, Councillor Christine Scipio-O’Dean commented:

“Representing St Helena and being present at both the 60th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference and 34th Small Branches Conference in Cameroon was an experience that was beneficial for myself and for the Island. The profile of the Island has been raised by my attendance and will remain raised by our presence on the CPA Executive Committee which offers the Island more exposure and involvement in the decisions of the Executive.”

During her transit in the UK Councillor Scipio-O’Dean had various meetings with SHG UK Representative, Kedell Worboys MBE and Andrew Tuggey, Chief Executive & Secretary CPA, the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, Colleagues in DFID, Lord David Shutt, Lord Nigel Jones, Baroness Lindsay Northover, the Child Safeguarding and Domestic Violence Policy Officer, and with Deputy Head, Falklands and South Atlantic Department. She also visited Queensmill and Salusbury schools.

Delegates at the 60th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference and 34th Small Branches Conference in Cameroon
Delegates at the 60th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference and 34th Small Branches Conference in Cameroon

During her short time on Ascension Island Councillor Scipio-O’Dean was able to meet with the Administrator,  Ascension Island Council and Dr Judith Brown, tour the Airhead facilities and the US Base facilities, visit Green Mountain National Park, Two Boats School, and Babcock and attend the Ascension Island Safeguarding Board meeting.

A full copy of Councillor Christine Scipio-O’Dean’s report can be found on the SHG website at http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/committee-reports/

Three photos are attached to this release.

SHG

17 November 2014

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3 November 2014, marked the 3rd Anniversary of the Airport Project.  Since the contract’s signing, the Airport has achieved many milestones, which includes the construction of the Airport Buildings and the filling of Dry Gut.

A film looking back on these achievements will be shown on Local TV 1 at the following times:

 

  • 17 November 2014 – 17:01
  • 18 November 2014 – 17:00
  • 19 November 2014 – 17:00
  • 21 November 2014 – 18:00
  • 22 November 2014 – 17:00

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17 November 2014

Arriving on Island recently was Chartered Engineer, Paul Brough (photo attached). Paul is contracted by SHG for three years and is based at Essex House working closely with the Technical Service team within the Environment and Natural Resources Directorate.Paul Brough

A Civil Engineer by profession, specialising in Roads and Bridges, Paul’s job is primarily to oversee technical and engineer services within SHG, providing engineering advice and detailed designs to all SHG directorates as well as reviewing 3rd party design applications.

Paul explained:

“There are a significant number of capital and operational schemes to be delivered, largely, but not solely, in conjunction with the Airport development. I will hopefully be helping to improve the understanding of the service that Technical Services can provide, reviewing the scopes, design criteria and producing/approving workable/economic designs for construction. I will also be advising on standards and compliance to ensure that the current developments are sustainable and maintainable long into the future.”

Paul has worked for 10 years in Local Authority, as a Bridge Engineer in Cork, Ireland, a Designers Site Representative in the North West of England and for the last four years in Dover Kent, working for the Harbour Board looking after infrastructure, dealing with asset management, inspection and maintenance.

Paul studied at the Royal Military College of Science, near Swindon to attain a degree in Civil Engineering, subsequently becoming Chartered whilst working in Ireland. Paul explained:

“I mainly undertook on-the-job training and hands on experience under an approved training scheme with my employer. The Institute awarding Charterership status has a number of criteria which you have to meet in terms of experience and training, ensuring you further your development at a professional level which in turn helps you to build your skill sets.”

Upon reaching a certain standard Paul produced a detailed experience and a specific project report, providing peer references prior to sitting examinations and going through an interview process with other independent engineers.

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14 November 2014

 

Today, it has been announced that the operations of St Helena Airport will be supported by the UK Met Office, one of the world’s foremost weather and climate service providers.  The UK Met Office will be responsible for providing an on-Island weather forecasting service.

The on-site forecaster will operate from the Air Traffic Control Tower in the Combined Building at the Airport.  The forecaster will work closely with the Airport Operator, Basil Read, to provide an internationally compliant forecast service to the Airport and weather briefings for airlines and pilots operating to and from St Helena.   The service will be supported by the extensive UK Met Office forecast capabilities at their Exeter headquarters, including the aviation team and Chief Meteorologist.

Senior Aviation Advisor at the UK Met Office, Darren Hardy, said:

“We are really looking forward to working with St Helena Airport to ensure airlines and their passengers receive a safe and efficient service. The climatology of St Helena presents unique challenges to the Airport and the airlines operating to and from it. As such we are proud to provide St Helena’s first on-Island forecasting capability. Having our Meteorologist based on the Island means we will be ideally placed to understand and forecast the local winds and other factors that can affect the safe operations at the new Airport.”

On non-flight days, the forecaster will work on further developing the climatological database for the Island, which will help to provide highly accurate forecasting, consequently enhancing the operational safety of the Airport.

The UK Met Office currently provides forecast services for aviation all over the world, from Heathrow, the largest airport in the UK, to the South Atlantic air bridge to Ascension Island and the Falklands.  They currently have a partnership with SHG to collect surface and upper air data from Bottoms Woods for use by forecasters/scientists for their global monitoring processes.

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14 November 2014

 

St Helena League of Friends with Dr Atilla and Director David Jenkins
St Helena League of Friends with Dr Atilla and Director David Jenkins

The General Hospital on St Helena has recently received a valuable donation from the St Helena League of Friends, in the form of a Patient Monitor, valued at £8000.

The monitor is much needed at the Hospital and is already in use aiding with Patients’ recovery.

At a small thank you ceremony at the Hospital on Thursday, 13 November 2014, Director of Health and Social Services, David Jenkins, said:

“Thank you very much to the St Helena League of Friends for their valuable donation which is already in use here at the Hospital. The monitor is a really important piece of kit and means a huge amount to us in showing the vital signs of a patient at just a glance. Equipment like this is absolutely vital and they’re life saving and very much appreciated by the Hospital.”

Senior Medical Officer, Dr Atilla, added:

“We’ve already had a number of patients using the monitor donated by the St Helena League of Friends and this monitor has everything we need. It’s a ‘Phillips’ high quality monitor and if we take care of it, will last us for a very long time.”

Chairperson of the St Helena League of Friends, Wendy Essex, concluded:

New Patient Monitor
New Patient Monitor

“It is so good that our donation is receiving publicity so that the community can see what we have donated. As Dr Atilla has said it is a very important piece of equipment and I think the community will appreciate where their money has gone.”

The St Helena League of Friends was set up in 1993 (the idea brought to the Island by the late Bobby Robertson). The group’s mission is to raise funds and provide help to the Hospital and other care centres on the Island through an annual calendar of fundraising events.

Two photos are attached to this release.

SHG

14 November 2014

Ceremony 1
Ceremony 1

The Lifelong Learning Awards Ceremony was held on Thursday, 13 November 2014 at the Education Learning Centre.  Awards went to individuals who participated and completed the Livelihoods Programme, Apprenticeship Scheme and NVQs in Customer Service, Crop Production, Health and Social Care, Environmental Conservation, Land Based and Business Administration.  A Bachelors Degree in Business and Administration was also presented.

Speeches were made by Director of Education, Colin Moore who thanked those in attendance for their commitment to lifelong learning – to never feeling satisfied on what has been achieved but continuing to pursue development opportunities.  Colin also thanked those in the room who have encouraged training, supporting awardees and setting targets – without support from managers the Island would not progress.

Work Development Coordinator, Cynthia Bennett, said:

“Today we are making history, celebrating the first certificates presented for the Apprenticeship Scheme.  The programme exceeded our expectations as, instead of the expected 20, over 40 people were recruited and achieved vocational and functional skills accreditation.”

Ceremony 2
Ceremony 2

Assistant Director of Lifelong Learning, Kerry Yon, spoke of the Bachelors Degree recipient:

“Back in 2010 we advertised the opportunity for business bursary which was available as a distance learning opportunity with the management college of South Africa.  Joey George was one of six persons originally applying for the opportunity and now after three intense years of study, alongside full-time work, I am pleased to recognise Joey as the first of four students to achieve her Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Administration.” 

NVQ Quality Assurance Coordinator, Joyce Duncan, highlighted that awardees should not stop at their certificates but continue to develop and push themselves in their respective fields.

Ceremony 3
Ceremony 3

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14 November 2014

 

 

 

 

Prince Andrew School commemorated Remembrance Day in a special assembly, led by students from Year 12, on Tuesday 11 November 2014.

Introduced by Lizemarie Robbertse and Hannah Durnford, the assembly focussed on the sacrifice and suffering of those touched by conflict in wars past and present.  To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the start of the First World War, its morale boosting songs were accompanied by images of propaganda and optimism to emphasise the mood of many in 1914.  This was followed by information on the horrific realities of the conflict, presented by Chrystabel Greentree, Kyle Francis, Louise Thomas, Angelique Adams, Ross Leo and Elizabeth Cairns-wicks.   Sisters, Laura & Sophie O’Keeffe sang a particularly moving lament reflecting the life and death of a young Irish soldier in war, ‘Green Fields of France’.  Designed by Sophie George, a poignant powerpoint display illustrated the fact that, despite the First World War being ‘the war to end all wars’, the tragedy of conflict is still with us.

Headteacher, Mr Paul Starkie spoke of the life and death of soldier-poet, Wilfred Owen, an Officer who was killed just seven days before the end of the war.  He read ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ by Owen to show, not only the horror of the front line, but also to highlight the quiet grief of those left behind.

The image of St Helena’s cenotaph dominated the stage as Ross drummed a military tattoo and students symbolically placed poppies in the shape of the cross.  The moving assembly was brought to a close with the school’s President and Vice President (Lizemarie and Chrystabel) reading the words from Laurence Binyon’s poem of remembrance,  “For the Fallen” and Father Dale Bowers sounding the Last Post.    All Prince Andrew School students stood to mark the 2 minute silence at the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month before the customary Reveille.  In a final prayer, Father Dale spoke of remembrance and prayed for world peace.

After the assembly, Mr Starkie commented:

“This was a historically significant occasion, led exceptionally well by our 6th form and observed with greatest respect by our assembled students.”

Year 12 and Miss Kath Squires would like to thank Mr Paul Starkie, Father Dale Bowers, August Graham, Laura O’Keefe, Thomas Hickling, Mr Andy Day, Mr Stuart Leo and Mr Peter Thomas for their contributions.

SHG

14 November 2014