Telemedicine Charity finds key volunteer in Saffron Walden

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The staff and Trustees of the Virtual Doctors - a charity delivering a cutting edge telemedicine service into rural health centres in Zambia, have discovered their latest volunteer recruit in Saffron Walden.  Local resident Nicola McCahill has been appointed in a voluntary role as Operations Manager for the charity with immediate effect.


The Virtual Doctors offers a service to clinical officers located in rural health centres which are located in some of the poorest communities in the world.  Using a combination of cutting-edge mobile technology and in collaboration with qualified volunteer doctors in the UK, health professionals in remote areas can seek advice to help with their diagnosis.  The telemedicine service is harnessing the power of technology to make a difference to the lives of others.  The aim is to help reduce unnecessary referrals for patients to distant hospitals where they and their families may otherwise have to make difficult journeys, often on foot, to reach. 

Nicola says..”I’ve been supporting the charity for the last year, they depend almost entirely on volunteers for skills so I'm pleased to be able to help more in this official role. I've visited some of the clinics and seen the valuable work that the charity is doing to improve healthcare in remote and impoverished areas of Africa.  I hope to be able to contribute to the ambitious plans to expand the coverage of the service, and am looking forward to working with the passionate and dedicated team at the Virtual Doctors”.

Nicola started working with Virtual Doctors a year ago as a volunteer helping with the newsletter. She's a lawyer and has worked in the UK and overseas. She has some experience working for charities, at the Children's Legal Centre and as a volunteer with IPSEA. She's looking forward to the challenge of helping Virtual Doctors expand further into rural Zambia and with an exciting trial in Malawi.

 Huw Jones, the Virtual Doctor’s Executive Director says  “Nicola will be a great asset to our team and in taking on this volunteering role she will be helping with our daily operations.   We rely entirely on the support of volunteers to help us deliver our service and for the generosity of individuals, companies and organisations to fund our work.  Ensuring that we protect and spend our donors gifts wisely to secure maximum benefit for our beneficiaries is, of course, of paramount importance”.

Ros Bird