On 24 July our sole doctor, Dr Rajagram Patil, fell ill and advised to get to the mainland for further tests and treatment. However, it would be early September before we could get a replacement locum and the next ship to leave Tristan was not until October. What to do?Thankfully the Royal Navy vessel HMS Dauntless was in Cape Town and due to travel west. We were also fortunate that Dr Tony Miles, who was here late last year as our locum, agreed to come at very short notice.
On Monday 30 July, the ship left the V and A Waterfront in Cape Town.
HMS Dauntless arrived at first light on Friday 3 August and by 0845, the helicopter was launched bringing the Commanding Officer, Captain Will Warrender, the Medical Officer, Lt Searg. Laura Spiers and Dr Miles ashore. The Chief Islander, Inspector Glass and I were on the American Fence to meet them. They went straight to the hospital and after a quick examination, Dr Patil was taken aboard.
We are very grateful to Captain Warrender and his crew for all the help they have been able to give us over the last week. We look
forward to welcoming them back in different circumstances and hopefully next time, the crew will be able to come ashore and enjoy
some Tristan hospitality.