Taveuni Hospital, Hand Surgery

  • Bob Sykes
  • Friday, May 04, 2018
  • Taveuni Island

Taveuni Hospital, Hand Surgery —May 4-May 13, 2018

Map2A  Hand surgeon will offer reconstructive surgery to the hand which would include resetting of finger fractures and hand fractures. Fused fingers can be repaired.  Chronic infections can be addressed and tendon contractures can be repaired. Each day the team will work at the hospital in the operating theater performing surgeries on pre-screened patients. Five days of surgery and Sundays are at leisure to explore the island.

We are soliciting anesthesiologists and recovery nurses and non-medical screeners for this team.

The hospital is a fully functioning, electrified (daylight hours only) 30 bed inpatient hospital with two resident physicians who live on site.  There are childrens, mens, womens and obstetrics wards on site with resident nurses. A very nice operating theater is on site together with a labor and delivery room.    There is also a pharmacist who often has a full stock of medications.  We maintain our own supply of medication and surgical supplies on site.

We need: Urologist, Podiatrist, Hand surgeon, scrubs, circulating nurses, pre and post op nurses and recovery room nurses. Non-medical volunteers would screen patients and complete intake forms.

Accommodations will be at AROHA RESORT  www.arohataveuni.com . Aroha is a small, family-owned venue with a pool, on the water and close to the hospital.

$3350 USD per person.  Includes:

  • round trip economy class air from Los Angeles to Taveuni Island, Fiji, inclusive of all taxes and surcharges
  • domestic land transfers to/from Taveuni Airport, Hospital
  • all applicable temporary medical and dental licenses
  • 7 nights accommodation at Aroha Resort
  • three meals daily, exclusive of beverages

Not Included:  diving, snorkeling and excursions on your day off.

Initial, non-refundable payment of $1800.00 is due by November 1, 2017. Final payment of $1550.00 is due by February 1, 2018. To make payment by cc, call Linda Kwasny at 858-414-9891 with cc details. Or, a check, payable to Loloma Foundation can be mailed to PO Box 2764, Del Mar, California 92014. Trip cancellation information is available for purchase on the airline application form which will be sent once you are placed on your volunteer week.

We recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance.  You can go online to www.travelguard.com for information.

Taveuni Island is part of the Northern Lau group and offers many stellar activities to fill your leisure allocation.  There is great diving and snorkeling, hiking on the Lavena Coastal trail and trekking up to the Bouma Waterfalls.  The island is known as “the garden island” where Indians and indigenous Fijians all peacefully co-exist in this verdant, rural paradise.

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We are looking forward to our 15th very productive year serving the basic medical needs of rural Fijians.  Come join us!  For those of you who haven’t been on our trips, please visit our web page at www.Lolomafoundation.org to learn more about our last trip.  We work hard, always allowing time to take in the physical beauty and culture of this amazing country.

Most of our volunteers extend their stay in Fiji. It is a magnificent country that is worth seeing! Contact us and we can help you with ideas as to where to stay. You will need to decide on your extension by November 1st so that your airline tickets can be appropriately purchased.

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Linda Kwasny

Project coordinator for the Loloma Foundation






About Author: Bob Sykes

Bob Sykes is a founding board member, Treasurer, and Logistics Coordinator for the Loloma Foundation's medical and educational missions, and he also manages the Foundation’s website and public relations activities.