Category Archives: Health

UK hospital agrees to operate on severely disabled Saint girl – but only after judge denounces three others that refused

A Saint teenager with “catastrophic” disabilities is to be given a desperately-needed operation in the UK – but only after three National Health Service trusts REFUSED to treat her. St Helena’s chief justice, Judge Charles Ekins, said it was “shameful” … Continue reading

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Drinks tax does little for Dr Corinda Pepper…

St Helena’s councillors are sharing the pain when it comes to tax on alcohol. “Everyone enjoys a good beer or a glass or wine and I declare my interest,” the Hon Brian Isaac told LegCo. “Saints are known to enjoy … Continue reading

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Flights: chief sec admits doubts over medical care and crime

St Helena’s chief secretary has admitted to concerns about notorious crime at the airport that is to be the island’s link with the rest of the world – and about the future of medical referrals to Cape Town. But Roy … Continue reading

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Don’t cast aside ‘family’ of carers in Cape Town, officials urged

Officials have been urged to continue sending medical patients for treatment in Cape Town when the island’s ship is replaced with flights into Johannesburg. Legislative councillors heard that the “family” of people who support Saint patients in South Africa must … Continue reading

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Ship diverts 180 miles to pick up sick girl – after first offer of help was turned down

The Master and owners of a cargo ship have been praised for diverting to pick up a desperately sick child on St Helena – two days after being told their vessel was unsuitable. The MV Traveller was the only ship to … Continue reading

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Saints get free calls to UK helpline – thanks to SURE

A confidential telephone support line for people in distress on St Helena has been set up in partnership with the UK’s Samaritans charity. The calls will go straight through to trained counsellors in Britain. SURE St Helena has agreed to … Continue reading

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Infants and old at risk as virus spreads through island

Large numbers of sick children on St Helena are reported to have been infected with a virus that can be serious for infants and old people. Many of those turning up at the hospital in Jamestown with the respiratory syncytial … Continue reading

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United Nations cash provides a refuge from violence

A new refuge is to be set up for domestic abuse victims on St Helena, thanks to a windfall from the United Nations. A building from the government’s housing stock is to be used to provide a place of safety … Continue reading

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Medics perform St Helena’s first heart op

Medics on St Helena have saved a patient’s life by performing the island’s first-ever heart surgery, reports St Helena Government.  It was carried out in at the hospital Jamestown by Senior Medical Officer Dr Attila Frigyesi and Surgeon Dr Carlos … Continue reading

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St Helena shows UK the way with fizzy drinks tax

St Helena appears to be showing Britain the way to tackle obesity, by introducing a sugar tax. A levy on high-sugar drinks was announced in the island’s budget in the very month that England’s chief medical officer warned that the … Continue reading

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