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 virus (RSV) have come from the same creches or other busy environments. In the United […]

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 Soto on Friday 16 January 2015, assisted by the theatre nurses. The emergency surgery was […]

St Helena needs ‘new hospital and new health service,’ says Ian

Health leaders have been given six months to make a case for building a new hospital on St Helena. But Ian Rummery, chairman of the island’s public health committee, has called for wholesale reform. “The case we have to make is not just about a new hospital – it is about a new health service.” […]

Sailors welcome: but don’t leave any nasty gifts

Visiting mariners have been described as a potential health risk to people on St Helena – because of what they might get up to on shore. The danger of them passing on diseases through amorous encounters has been identified as one of the impacts of the newly-approved plan to build a port in Rupert’s Bay. […]

LegCo set to debate health, housing and Lottery cash

The state of health care on St Helena is to be challenged at the first full meeting of the island’s Legislative Council since its inaugural session in July 2013. Councillor Leslie Baldwin has called for members to debate the level of service when LegCo meets in the Court House in Jamestown on Monday, 14 October. […]

Health and social services projects get top marks

Overall ‘A’ ratings have been awarded for two major projects run by St Helena’s Health and Social Welfare Directorate. It means the Healthlink 3 and Health Strategy projects both funded by the UK for three and a half years, achieved their overall objectives when they ended in March 2012. The main focus of Healthlink 3 was to ensure that […]

Island ‘could not cope’ with plane crash, warns medic

Medical teams on St Helena would struggle to cope with a major accident at the island’s new airport, a visiting doctor has warned. Dr Ahmad Risk, who has been qualified for 40 years, has acted as a healthcare consultant as well as working as a civilian and military doctor, in the UK and internationally. He […]

The Risk Assessment: Castle responds to doctor’s comments

Dr Ahmad Risk ended a two-month stint as a locum medic in Jamestown’s hospital by telling Saint FM listeners his views on the state of healthcare on St Helena. He had high praise for staff, but also raised concerns about facilities, the airport, and the alarming number of people suffering diabetes and hypertension. St Helena […]