Medical Electives Placements

The district hospital serves a population of over 280,000 people from around the region, and some families will travel by foot for days to get treatment. Medical elective students here can expect to see a wide range of common and rare infectious and non-infectious diseases, including advanced forms of conditions that would be treated early in Western countries, or congenital conditions not picked up due to lack of antenatal screening.medicalelective 1

Medical Elective students from a number of Universities in the UK and from many other countries have undertaken elective placements in Gorkha through GDS.  This programme was set up in the 1990s through the charity founder Joy Leighton and following difficulties after the 2015 earthquakes in Gorkha District and the damage and trauma caused to the local community, Gorkha Hospital, we are pleased to report all is now working well but still in limited facilities.


We have built a good relationship with the Doctors and GDS/GDHEDS have recently funded £2,000 worth of basic equipment to enable the staff to administer breathing assistance to needy patients.

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The Doctors in Gorkha at both the Government funded Municipal Hospital and a small private hospital in the town, are keen to welcome medical students wanting to undertake their elective placement with them.

If you are interested in undertaking a medical placement in a developing country and would like more details then please contact us.