Swindon surgeon carries out more than 100 ear operations in Nepal for charity

By Ben Fitzgerald - 19 February 2020


Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon from Swindon’s BMI The Ridgeway Hospital, Mr Angus Waddell, has returned from a trip to Nepal where he delivered life-changing operations to Nepali people with ear conditions.

Accompanied by Mr Jonathan Blanshard, fellow ENT Surgeon from BMI The Hampshire Clinic and several international surgeons and specialists, the team undertook a two-week Ear Camp in Nepal where they carried out a total of 132 operations over the 8 days of surgery, including 30 under general anaesthesia.

The Ear Camps are part of the team’s volunteer work for BRINOS, The Britain Nepal Otology Service. The camps were established 32 years ago after huge gap in service provision for deaf people in Nepal was identified, with only one Ear and Eye surgeon to cover all the entirety of Nepal. 

To remedy this huge unmet need, where as much as 10% of the population have issues with their ears, the charity began hosting Ear Camps to deliver primary ear care and train Nepalese doctors; these have been run in Nepal twice-yearly since 1989.

Mr Waddell became involved with BRINOS almost 15 years ago, leading a team of Ontology experts to provide the local community with much needed treatment. Over this time, they have also helped build a hospital, develop rural clinics and train both surgeons and audiologists to provide ongoing support for those in need of ENT services. 

For more information on Mr Waddell and the team’s work for BRINOS, visit https://www.bmihealthcare.co.uk/health-matters/consultant-qa/nepal-ear-camp

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