A team of 13 specialist doctors volunteered at Gizo hospital for two weeks from 16-29th January 2017 screening over 200 cases and doing 142 operations. Cases included head & neck, plastics, general surgery as well as laparoscopic & endoscopic surgery.  This trip was particularly important in dealing with wait-listed surgical patients with the recent unexpected leave of all but one surgeon in the Solomon Islands during this period.

This team included five colorectal surgeons (Dr Andrew Luck, Dr Carina Chow, Dr Santee Santhanam, Dr Anil Koshy & Dr Gary McKay), one Breast & Endocrine surgeon (Dr Ben Green), one Plastics Registrar (Dr Sepehr Lajevardi), one unaccredited surgical registrar (Dr Rachel Khoo), one GP (Dr Ann Koshy) and three anaesthetists (Dr Christy Yeow, Dr Jonathan Lau and Dr Brian Lewer). A fourth anaesthetist Dr Pierre Kotze was refused entry and turned back due to being on a non-Australian passport. Three medical students (Dr Alannah Luck, Mona Sajeev and Nivanka De Silva) and one registered nurse (Anita McKay) also volunteered.

Non-specialist doctors (GP Anil Koshy) and non-medical volunteers also visited the local village participating in games, song and dance activities with the children

Dr Sepehr Lajevardi (plastics registrar) with patient after nasolabial facial reconstruction surgery.


Left to Right: Roshini McKay, Pattie, Henrieta (Matron) Clayton Dalano (Theatres Manager), Dr Ben Green,  Chris, Dr Jonathan Lau, Dr Christy Yeow, Dr Santee Santhanam.

Left to right: Dr Rachel Khoo, Dr Andrew Luck, Dr Sepehr Lajevardi (front) Panda (boat driver), Alex Koshy, Dr Gary McKay, Dr Anil Koshy, Dr Santee Santhanam – boat trip from Fatboys to hospital.


Left to right: Front row: Vasu Santhanam, Dr Santee Santhanam, Dr Brian Lewer and wife Mrs Lewer: Rear row: Dr Andrew Luck, Dr Hossein Mahammad Lajvardi, Dr Ann Koshy, Gloria Seo, Christine Zhang, & Jennifer Kim.


Left to right: Front row: Gloria Seo (medical scientist) Sarah Koshy, Alannah Luck (medical student) Jennifer Kim (psychologist), Anita McKay (registered nurse) & Christine Zhang. Middle row: Dr Sepehr Lajevardi (plastics registrar), Alex Koshy & Dr Rachel Khoo (plastics registrar): Rear row: Dr Andrew Luck (colorectal surgeon) Roshini McKay (enrolled nurse), Dr Santee Santhanam & Dr Anil Koshy (colorectal surgeons) & Dr Ann Koshy (GP) relaxing at Fatboys resort.

Santee, Jonathan, Christy & Ben on boat ride

Left to right: Dr Santee Santhanam, Dr Jonathan Lau, Dr Christy Yeow & Dr Ben Green travelling to Gizo hospital by boat from Fatboys resort.


Farewell dinner at Fatboys.


Trip # 1 GIZO HOSPITAL 16-29th Jan 2017



Visiting Gizo Hospital as an Anaesthetist