INTERPLAST Australia and New Zealand will be returning to Solomon Islands in February to facilitate general plastic and reconstructive surgical services and training at the National Referral Hospital.
The team will be in Honiara from 26th February to 4th March 2023.
A statement from Australia and New Zealand Interplast said given the length of time since Interplast last visited Solomon Islands (due to COVID-19 restrictions), the local surgical teams in Honiara are pre-screening patients from the existing large caseload.
Therefore, the statement said the usual public consultations clinics will not run for this visit.
Instead, patients who require an assessment for plastic and reconstructive surgical conditions (including cleft lip and palate, scarring from burns, hand injuries and tumours) are urged to contact the surgical unit at the National Referral Hospital to make an appointment at the regular outpatient’s clinic.
Interplast medical teams, funded by the Australian Government, Rotary Clubs in Australia and New Zealand and other generous donors have been visiting the Solomon Islands since 1984 to provide free surgical intervention and training for local clinicians.
This is will be Interplast’s 49th visit to the Solomon Islands since 1984 and is made possible through the generosity of Rotarians from Australia and New Zealand together with the Australian Government through the Australia NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).
To make an appointment to be screened by the surgical team in Honiara, contact Dr Scott Siota in the Surgical Unit at NRH on phone 44068.