Hazel Mary Egan (née Phillips)BMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c3739 (Published 12 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3739
- Ed Egan
After less than two years as a senior house officer, Hazel Mary Phillips left for Nigeria to become the first doctor at the 100-bed Mbaise Hospital in Eastern Region. Such was the anticipation for the arrival of the first formal medical care in the region that she was greeted by a queue of an estimated 2000 patients who had travelled enormous distances seeking her attention.
Each morning, triage was performed by Hazel and one of the nursing nuns walking the length of the queue. Following rapid assessment, the most urgent were directed into the hospital, where Hazel and her team provided whatever medical, surgical, anaesthetic, and obstetric treatment …