The British Nepal Otology Service (BRINOS) are a group of specialist Ear Surgeons, Nurses and Anaesthetists who travel regularly to Nepal to run Ear Camps. They set up a temporary Operating Theatre in order to do high volumes of Ear surgery, teach Nepali surgeons how to perform the operations and see many outpatients. Typically they will do about 120 major ear operations in 8 days between 4 surgeons.
Consultant Mr Angus Waddell, working at The BMI Ridgeway Hospital, is one of the Ear surgeons involved with the Nepal Ear Camp's. We caught up with him before his visit to find out more:
How did you get involved with Ear Camp & BRINOS?
I was first asked to be involved about 10 years ago by another Ear Surgeon, Mr Robin Youngs from Cheltenham. We had done an Ear Camp together in Burma and trained surgeons there, Robin put me in touch with Neil Weir, the founder of BRINOS.
There are usually two or 3 camps per year, in March and November when the risks of overheating, monsoons or catching Malaria are at their lowest. There have been Ear Camps in towns all over Nepal. We are currently building a hospital specifically for the treatment of deafness and other ear diseases in Nepalgunj in the West of Nepal. There will be 1 or 2 Nepali surgeons and 4 from the UK, one anaesthetist and 2 nurses. All of the other staff to run an Ear camp (about 20 people) will be local Nepali people. We hope to be able to hand over the running of the hospital to the team in Nepal and help to train other teams in other parts of Nepal.
Consultant ENT Surgeon
How long have you been working in otology?
I did my first ENT job in 1990 and have been a consultant Otologist since 2003
What made you specialise in otology?
It can be difficult both in the outpatient clinic and the operating theatre to do an expert job, but aged 49 there is still lots to learn and better outcomes to achieve. But, as they say, the more I practice the luckier I get.
Do you have any other particular interests?
I enjoy fly fishing in the Highlands of Scotland and kayaking down any white water river I can find.