Community nurse off to help in Nepal

Bruce Fraser.
Bruce Fraser.

A community nurse from Northumberland is on his way to help survivors of two devastating earthquakes in Nepal.

Staff nurse Bruce Fraser from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust will spend the whole of his summer break working in the devastated villages around the small town of Melamchi.

It is estimated that more than 9,000 people died and hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless following the Gorkha earthquake in April and a second earthquake in Sindhupalchowk a few weeks later.

Bruce said: “Although the immediate post-earthquake period has passed, there are still many villages people haven’t got to.

“And the big problem facing the survivors, on top of everything else they are suffering, is the monsoon rains which started in June.

“Whole villages might well be washed down the mountainside and we could see an increase in diseases such as cholera, dysentery and typhoid.”

Bruce is a community staff nurse covering areas around Blyth, Cramlington, Ashington and Morpeth for Northumbria Healthcare which delivers hospital and community health services in Northumberland.