Urological specialist Dr Idrees Awan has returned from an overseas fact finding mission to see how the Hospital he founded is developing. Dr Awan visits his home village of Pindi Hashim in rural Pakistan twice a year to oversee the development of theHashim Welfare Hospital and its work with other clinics and dispensaries. Hashim Welfare Hospital is formally linked with Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospital which serves a population of 400,000 who live in Elmbridge, Hounslow, Runnymede, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, Woking and further afield.

Commenting on his latest trip Dr Awan said: “Our new Day Surgery Unit for eye conditions is taking shape. The walls are up and the roof is going on. The £20,000 raised during Ramadan in autumn 2007 has gone along way to make this possible.” The Eye Day Surgery Unit is being built from plans developed by Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospital Engineer Mick Hickman which are then adapted to local circumstances by the Hashim Welfare Hospitals local architect and builder. The one floor building is being built with foundations sufficient to support a three storey building in anticipation of the need to expand services at Hashim Welfare Hospital in the future.

Whilst in Pakistan Dr Awan had meetings with charity officials, staff at the hospital, consultant colleagues and Slough Borough Councillor Pervez Choudrey who was visiting the area at the same time. Dr Awan continued: “Whilst in Pakistan I was able to attend the inauguration of a second hospital in Faisalabad which has been set up by Dr Naqvi , the vice chair of HashimWelfare Hospital. Hashim Welfare Hospital is providing support to the new hospital including a part time doctor, part time nurse and part time dispenser (pharmacy).”

Those interested in the work of the Hashim Welfare Hospital will be able to find out more at the Appeal’s Annual General Meeting on Sunday 6th July at 3.00p.m. in the Education Centre at St. Peter’s Hospital. Dr Awan will be giving a presentation on the progress so far and plans for the future.

Dr Awan continued: “In June 2008 we are celebrating the fifth year of providing clinical services at the Hashim Welfare Hospital in Pindi Hashim. The hospital is working well and progress on the building work is good. Clinical work at the hospital in Faisalabad has started and land for a third hospital at Khanawal, about 200 miles from Pindi Hashim has been obtained. I am look forward to explaining more at our Annual General Meeting on 6th July.” The Hashim Welfare Hospital Appeal was founded in 1999 and the hospital in Pindi Hashim treated its first patient in June 2003. Since then over 59,000 people have been treated in the outpatients department many for diabetes and eyesight problems; and over 800 eye operations have been successfully completed. Following the devastating earthquake in October 2005 Hashim Welfare Hospital staff played a key role. Within six weeks of the earthquake Hashim staff were running four hospitals treating nearly 35,000 people in 10 months. Anyone wishing to donate money to the appeal can do so by visitingwww.hashimwelfare.org.uk or by contacting the UK appeal Treasurer, Mr Sajid Mahmood on 01483-762774 or 07887-851040.