Welcome to London, Dr Thompson! Can you firstly tell us about your role at Connaught Hospital in Sierra Leone?
I am the Senior Resident Doctor in the Department of Family Medicine at Connaught Hospital, as well as at the new Palliative Care Unit. I am also Clinical Research Assistant for the Stroke in Sierra Leone (SISLE) project, co-led by King’s. I have been involved with King’s Global Health Partnerships since 2018, working on the SISLE research project and now at the newly established stroke unit, the first in the country.
I oversee the stroke unit, which involves monitoring patients, mentoring nurses and health workers, and coordinating the weekly review of patients on the ward, to ensure good clinical outcomes for our stroke patients and to maintain a high quality of care. I also work with the families of stroke survivors to counsel them and motivate patients and their families in the recovery process.