Hello and thank you for visiting this blog. I trust you are here because you are at least a little interested in our adventure out to Madwaleni Hospital on the Wild Coast. Nevertheless, I also assume that you reached this via a link on an e-mail or Facebook, and were never planning on reading a long post about someone else’s life when your own is clearly much more exciting. While I disagree with the last statement, your opinions are your own, and I feel getting into an argument this early on in our online relationship would be unwise.
So, if you are unaware, Katy and I, together with Scott and Sarah and Dylan and Jade, have moved to a hospital in the rural transkei called Madwaleni District Hospital. It’s a 180 bed hospital in a beautiful rural area, surrounded by rolling hills dotted with colourful huts and nearby one of the most beautiful coastlines we’ve experienced. Scott, Dylan and Myself are all doctors doing our community service. Katy is an occupational therapist in the process of taking a post at the hospital, Sarah is a teacher enthusiastically looking to get involved in the community and Jade is also a teacher and adventurous soon to be mother. Our wet arrival at the hospital coincided with the arrival of a great Dutch couple, Mark and Jet, both of whom are doctors with qualifications in tropical medicine. They too are bravely expecting a child. Below is a photo of Scot and Sarah, Dylan and Jade and myself and Katy at nearby Xhora river mouth. More pics of all of us to follow!
All eight of us have decided to use this blog as a way to share our journey with our friends and family, as well as hopefully to encourage those who are considering working in a rural environment. We hope you enjoy reading it!