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St Lukes Autumn 18

Click here to read our latest Newsletter.  On this webpage you will find previous Newsletters and together they will give you a good snapshot of the life and work at St.Luke’s.  However, if you would like to know more about how you can support St.Luke’s please get in touch with us – we would love to hear from you.

Shubhro and Lis

Coffee Morning to raise funds for St. Luke’s on Saturday May 12th

A coffee morning is planned for this Saturday, May 12th, to raise funds for St. Luke’s Hospital in Hiranpur. All are welcome and bring your friends.
During the morning, Robert Glennie will do a presentation called “St. Luke’s then and now”
St Anne’s Church Hall, Forfar Rd, Coupar Angus. PH13 9 AN.
Saturday 12th may 10 am – 12 noon.
During the moring Robert Glennie will do his presentation – “St Luke’s then & now”.
The garden at Ardnashiel open 10 am – 4pm. See separate post.

St Luke’s Hospital Registration – good news indeed

The Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act, 2010 is an Act of the Parliament of India.

 It seeks to regulated all clinical establishments in India. 

The Act requires all clinical establishments to register themselves and provides a set of standard treatment guidelines for common diseases and conditions.

The CEA was adopted by many of the States in India, including Jharkhand back in 2012. But to date St Luke’s Hospital, one of the largest NGO’s in Jharkhand had never applied for registration.

The Malda Eye Institute, are keen to establish Eye Services at St Luke’s Hospital, and it was only in 2016, when we were investigating how to facilitate this, that we came to know SLH was not registered. 

Initially the application was turned down, but on 13th October a fresh application was filed so that we could legally have inpatient work going on here. And the registration came through on 19th January.

 Registration is something we require to do on an annual basis, but achieving this for the first time is always the biggest hurdle.


Patient Stories

WARNING – some of these stories are upsetting.

Please pray for three motherless little boys and their grandparents, distraught at the premature death of their 22 year old daughter. (No photo for this story – not appropriate to print)

 Mum dies after her twins are born

We are beginning to feel something sad or tragic happens whenever we come to Scotland to work

Elisabeth was looking after a young Mum expecting twins – she already had a little boy  3 years old. She was anaemic and underweight, but her family were trying their best to help her, buying medicines and feeding her well. We had also given her two doses of an injection to mature her babies lungs in case she went into labour early – her due date was after we returned from Scotland, but in the event she went into labour over a month prematurely.

 We were really sad on our return to learn this Mum had died after giving birth to twins on 16th November. Her family are grieving and still distraught, – they themselves are quite young and have a four year old daughter the same age as their little grandson who is now motherless.

The twins are OK, and everything went well with normal delivery of both babies, but then Mum just started bleeding and never stopped – and it was the usual story – they were turned away from three hospitals and she died on the road to the 4th. People don’t want to look after any patient they feel might die – in case they are blamed. And of course part of their fear is the families of dying patients taking justice into their own hands – and beating up the doctors, nurses and others who are trying to care for them. This would not have been the case with the family in question, but hospitals don’t want to take the risk. We need to keep on praying that St Luke’s will be able to open its doors to inpatients.


 Children having a bath and washing their clothes in the winter sun.



Various photos of children whose story appeared in the Winter Newsletter.

little boy Anand brought unconciouslittle boy Anand recovers from meningitisgrandfather brings child to clinicfather of child with epilepsy

Eye hospital up and ready to start



A small thing in the scheme of things since all the other renovations to make the Eye Hospital ready for purpose, are now in place, but we were asked to build a stone platform to house the generator for the Eye Hospital – the following photos show from the clearing of the ground through delivery of boulders and gravel to the building of the platform.


tractor arrives with bouldersfoundation boulders in placeclearing the ground

eye generator platform completedbuilding on the foundationbuilding on foundation 1bricks being laid

Ava arrives to be part of the team.

outside front of Ava's home

During the early part of 2017 we decided to renovate two staff quarters in faith that they would be occupied in time with much needed medical staff at St. Luke’s Hospital.

Outside renovations were completed by summer 2017 and you can see the transformation in the Summer 2017 newsletter.

The impetus to inside renovations came in late summer when there was a possibility of Dr Ava Marandih joining the SLH team, but we were still doing things up till the evening before she arrived on 17th October.

The inside of both the old buildings were filthy and required a good clean before proceeding to anything further. The photos of “before rooms’’ are actually taken AFTER they were cleaned, full of rat droppings, dead vermin and other rubbish and stank  – our faithful Munshi and Betka helped Elisabeth to start the cleaning process, stimulating others to join in after some time. Mushi and Betka sensibly wear head scarf and make masks to cover their faces so the only thing you can see is their eyes – for the dust and dirt raised during cleaning goes right down into your lungs.

At the end of those days, they both took a bath using nearly a bar of soap between them !!!

The toilet pan and sink were black, but after lots of elbow grease and special cleaning materials they were white and shiny, and we did not have to buy new ones as others had suggested. There is something very satisfying about getting something from black to its original shiny white – this bathroom wear now over 40 years old is of far higher quality than the new toilets we have installed in OPD.

Even after cleaning, nothing could be done for the kitchen other than getting new things. We tiled the floor and part of walls , and got a tiler from Pakur. He also put in granite work tops, and a new deep stainless steel sink in the corner below the kitchen window.

Plumbing was carried our partly by our own maintenance staff (supervised by Shubhro !) And the electrical installation team of three came from the furthest away – Dumka.

All the time our hospital carpenter had been steadily working away, making new timber doors, fashioning the walk in wardrobe with hanging rail and compartments for clothes and other things. (The photograph is taken just before Ava moved in, so all his working materials including saw, paints and electrical cables plumbing materials etc are stored in the walk in wardrobe.)

Surinder also made a large wooden partition and painted it making a nice cosy interior – sitting cum study area, and separate bedroom for Ava.

Then he set about making new timber frames for all the windows and inserting mosquito netting throughout the house. He painted everything green –  and the walls were magnolia as Ava had requested – so the interior matches the exterior of predominantly white with green borders – the preferred tribal colours. Ava wanted a lemon kitchen to keep it bright and spacious – not quite lemon. though.

But Ava was suitably impressed when she arrived – for she had come initially when only the cleaning had been done, and Shubhro had asked her to pick which of the buildings she would like to live in so we did those interior renovations first. And then he asked her how she would like the kitchen laid out –  so she had a say in how her home would be. Elisabeth clearly remembers the week

before Ava was due to start a text message from Ava asking “Is my cottage ready”.

And though Ava was only with us for 7 weeks she already started planting coriander carrots and tomatoes in the garden and little flowers around the border – we are sad she could not stay on with us at St Luke’s, but glad her coming spurred on the development of doctors quarters which we shall be able to make use of in future.