NHS Tayside Emergency Medicine Service

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Member type

Contact's name
Dr Barry Klaassen

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01382 425744

Areas of partnership
Further and Higher Education, Health


Scottish local authority
Dundee City Council

Districts in Malawi
Blantyre, Lilongwe, Zomba

Partner organisation in Malawi
Kamuzu Central Hospital, Mzuzu Central Hospital, Zomba Central Hospital, AETC Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital and Malawi -Ministry Of Health
(Organisation is a member of MaSP)

Number of people involved in Scotland

Number of people involved in Malawi

Number of people who benefit in Scotland

Number of people who benefit in Malawi

The Scottish EM -Malawi Project through shared training and true mentoring has been proven to deliver, despite significantly limited resources, a sustainable model for emergency care in Malawi. Replication and building on this across Malawi will ambitiously deliver for the first time a national network of emergency and trauma care.

Emergency Medicine service of NHS Tayside, clinically manage the Emergency Departments in Dundee and Perth. Recognised nationally as 1 of the best performing such departments in the country with strong Medical and Nursing leadership developing emergency practices that are becoming recognised as a template for modern emergency practice.
In 2010 project lead approached by Malawi Taskforce looking to develop Adult Emergency and Trauma care at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre Malawi.Our aim to support and train the staff of this new unit in modern emergency medicine skills and knowledge to allow them with support of senior Scottish Nurses and Clinicians to develop own services locally. The Scottish participants from this service all have an interest in teaching and training and are involved with local training at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and hold Honorary Lecturer and Senior Lecturer posts with the University of Dundee Schools of Medicine and Nursing , several of which participate as faculty and course directors of internationally recognized multidisciplinary life support courses.The Tayside Emergency Service committed to this project for 3-5 years to help directly the establishment of the first dedicated Adult Emergency and Trauma Centre in Malawi and were successful in obtaining a grant from the Scottish Gov International Development funds for £330,000 to realise this objective
Despite significant limited resources in country this unit continues to deliver recognisable emergency care where there was none The Malawian clinicians and nurse now prioritise cases, deliver timely care and treatments and improve health, which is saving lives and improving the burden of disease

Recognising the benefit of this development the Tayside team were requested by Malawian Minister and Ministry of Health to build on this Pilot at QECH in Blantyre and ambitiously develop further Emergency and Trauma Depts in the other Central Hospitals across Malawi. Building on the methodology of the pilot project the Tayside team were successful in 2018 in being awarded a Grant for over £1million from Scottish Government International Development to deliver this at the central hospitals in Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Zomba. By 2023 the team with this Scottish Gov Int Development support aim to have these 3 further services established to realise for the first time in Malawi a national network of sustainable Emergency and Trauma Care

Project Strategy Team

Project Lead Dr Barry Klaassen Consultant Emergency Medicine
Project Manager Gwen Gordon Charge Nurse Emergency Dept
Dr Russell Duncan Consultant Emergency Medicine
Ms Linda Imrie Senior Charge Nurse Emerg Dept

Location in Scotland

Location in Malawi