Nursing in the Falkland Islands

Nursing in the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH) offers a unique opportunity to practice in an environment that will challenge you to utilise the full range of your skills, knowledge and experience.

The Falkland Islands covers a geographical area the size of Wales. Most of the residents live in Stanley and have easy access to the KEMH. The people who live in Camp (anywhere outside Stanley) have access to health care via the telephone either at a regular time each morning or whenever necessary. Medical attention can then be sent either by the local air service or via the RAF search and rescue helicopter.

The KEMH is where all the community's health services are based. The health services provided are those one would expect to find in a small community the UK. The services range from casualty to continuing care and from immunisation clinics to intensive care.

There are 29 beds in the hospital and nursing care is offered to all age groups and for all conditions. In a typical day you may care for the elderly residents, there is no old people's home in Stanley, acute in patients with a myriad of medical and surgical conditions, acute mental health care, people requiring critical care either through trauma or otherwise and the longer term sick.

The District Nursing Service and ancillary team offers care to local residents who require continuing care in Stanley each day. To Camp residents a more limited and advisory support is offered.

The Mental Health Service is provided by two fulltime Community Psychiatric Nurses supported by a twice yearly visit from a consultant psychiatrist and clinical psychology service. The mental health treatment offers inpatient care outpatient care and community care.

Midwives offer care throughout pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period, as well as being a part of the nursing team. The GP's provide the medical back up and there is an obstetrician who can be consulted by telephone for advice. Caesarean sections are undertaken by the resident surgeon..

The Health Visitor works generally with the under 5's and their families along with working in the schools and other aspects of the community.

Casualty nursing offers all accident and emergency care including the ambulance service. Out of hours an on call service is offered and ward staff often offer the initial care and support the casualty staff who are also members of the ward team.

The theatre team are the Theatre Charge Nurse, Operating Department Practitioner and circulating nurse who provide care to the surgical patients throughout their pathway as well as providing the CSSD service.

The Practice Nurse works in the primary care team working with an assistant as well as the GPs.

In essence a broad range of care is given by our nursing team who are able to offer specialist knowledge in particular areas, while working together to provide a high standard of care.

Off duty provides a variety of opportunities. Most popular activities are access to the beautiful beaches and unique wildlife, local craft and the many fun aspects of life in a small, friendly community.

 

 

 

Opening Hours

Reception

Monday to Friday

08.30 – 17.00 

Tel: 28000

Casualty

Monday - Friday

08.30 – 16.30 

Out of hours  Tel: 28052

The casualty nurse is On-Call for all emergencies or ambulance call outs.

Pharmacy 

Monday - Friday

09.30 - 12.30 and 13.30 - 17.00

Primary Care Appointments

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

09.50 – 12.00 and 14.30 – 16.30

Wednesday

09.50 – 12.00 and 14.30 – 15.30

Dental appointments

Monday - Friday

08.30 – 12.00 and 13.30 – 15.30

Tel: 28020