Staff and family help consultant prepare for climb


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Colleagues, friends and family joined Consultant Urological Surgeon Mr Anurag Golash on a lunchtime walk around the Royal Stoke University Hospital site to help him prepare for his epic fundraising adventure to help improve the experience of his patients.

Mr Golash will be scaling Mount Kilimanjaro from 22 July to raise funds to improve the Urology Ambulatory Unit he works in. But he won't be doing it alone, he’ll also be making the 5895-metre, week-long climb with his wife Manisha, son Samarth and daughter Ameeshi, who joined him for the walk.

Speaking about his training, Mr Golash said, “We are training by walking everywhere. I, for example now walk to and from work at the hospital every day from my home in Brampton,and feel so much better for it. I can’t believe I never did it before. We as a family have also had training walks around the Peak District, Kinder Scout and Scafell Pike. The treadmill is now in front of the TV, so if I’m watching something for a couple of hours, I’ll also be walking for a couple of hours.”

“It’s all to build up the stamina of walking five to six miles non-stop between breaks, up to eight hours a day.”

The group followed one of UHNM SWITCH's walking routes, and were joined by Louise Stockdale, Head of Environmental Sustainability who was on hand to promote the initiative and the benefits of walking.

golashwalk2Mr Golash said, “The idea for the climb was to do something mad, something none of us have done before. We wanted a significant challenge, which was out of our comfort zone. We chose Kilimanjaro as it’s a climb where you don’t need any experience of mountaineering, rather it’s something that you can train for.”

“I’m climbing to raise funds to improve the overall patient experience on the Unit. This includes redecorating, buying better chairs, a new TV and other items to entertain patients who are there for up to eight hours after their procedure.”

The Urology Ambulatory Unit started as a pilot 18 months ago, and provides care to patients post operatively, and also to patients who are referred from their GP, A&E or another route and means they can be treated without the need for an overnight stay in hospital. Patients who fit the criteria are put on a special pathway, assessed, diagnosed, treated and are then able to go home much quicker, relieving pressures on other areas of the hospital.

Mr Golash, who’s been with the Trust for 15 years and is head of the Department for Urology, was the first surgeon in the world to complete a kidney removal as a day case.

He said, “I want it to be as pleasant experience as possible for our patients, and for them to come out happy, like they’ve been in a first class lounge.”

“The patients have just been taken out of bed following their procedures, and are in obvious pain and discomfort. This will hopefully be lessened by this better environment. People’s suffering can’t be completely taken away, but if this work is done to create the best possible environment it might help take half of it away.”

Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant volcano in north-east Tanzania, is 5,895 metres above sea level, the equivalent of six vertical miles.

Mr Golash added, “There’s no training for things like altitude sickness, digging holes to go to the toilet in and not being able to have a shower for eight days whilst we do the challenge- we’re going to take a lot of baby wipes!”

“It’s going to be tough. The last few days is going to be all mental, your body will give up on you. But doing it for this reason is my motivation. I think if I was doing it personally and not for my patients I think I’d give up.”

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