Student working in the mobile Students
happy to be in the mobile
After dinner and
2 hours swimming in the hot springs, the students retired for the night.
We returned on
the Sunday morning, and the work continued.
As usual, the students worked hard throughout the morning and we saw a
further 77 patients before stopping for lunch.
After the big clean-up and pack up (all the portable equipment,
instruments and consumables have to be loaded into the mobile clinic), a brief
word of thanks and a final photograph, the students arrived back safely at
Tygerberg at about 17:00. The third
years then had to prepare for their pathology test on the Monday!
This visit to
Montagu was quieter than the last one, and for that we are thankful. However, we still treated 219 patients,
extracted 716 teeth, filled 12 teeth and scaled and polished 11 patients. All in all, a good weekend of work.
The Montagu Team
of May 2013
Once again, this
outreach was a very good service learning opportunity for the students and it
provided a much needed service to this community.
The Friends of
Montagu Hospital, and in particular Professor Sir David Hall, were once again very
helpful in arranging accommodation and meals at prices we could afford - thank
The support from
the Department of Health staff in the Cape Winelands Health District in general
and at the Montagu Clinic in particular, was superb, and having them there to
help us on the day was great. A big
thank you to them, we could not have done it without them.
A big thank you
is also due to the Faculty of Dentistry for funding the weekend, and to the staff
of the dental faculty, who were there to supervise the treatment, Profs Louw
and Myburgh and Dr Peerbhay. Prof Louw’s
wife, Julie, also helped us by assisting with instrument sterilization. Dr Horak, a private practitioner from
Bonnievale was also there to see for himself what we did and he helped us for
most of the Saturday. This is greatly
faithful drivers got us there and back safely – thank you.
importantly, a big thank you is due to the students who voluntarily gave up
their weekend to help others, and really enjoyed doing so – in fact one student
emailed me: “Thank you so much for granting me the opportunity of a lifetime,
an awesome weekend never to be forgotten!”
Their enthusiasm, cheerfulness, commitment to their patients and the
professional service that they provided was exemplary. We are proud of them all!
Dr Rob Barrie
Dentistry Outreach Coordinator
16 May 2013