This week at the station
This week at Davis: 23 August 2013
The Medical facility at Davis
The current building was dedicated on 7th August 1987 by the Prime Minister of Australia the Right Honourable Mr. R.J.L. Hawke “as part of the Australian Antarctic station rebuilding programme, these facilities will ensure the continued safe and efficient conduct of Australia’s programme in Antarctica“.
The facility's main rooms are the consultation room, treatment room, ward, operating theatre and an attached dental suite. There are spaces in each room dedicated to specific areas e.g. microbiology, haematology, biochemistry, radiology, pharmacy and storage of surgical supplies and sterilisation. The Doctor's donga (bedroom) is 10 meters down the corridor attached by phone and alarm systems, so I’m never far away should action be required.
Those much appreciated pair of hands
This winter, we have Tim (Chippy), Aaron (Dieso), Richard (Comms) and Paul (Plumber) as our lay medical team. These men have had pre-departure training at Royal Hobart Hospital where a familiarisation of operating theatre procedures and etiquette is provided. While on station I have conducted regular exercises and meetings to maintain familiarity and confidence in the skills acquired. The team has performed really well and been exactly the appreciated pair of hands I need.
Overnight at old Trajer melon for the last time
A week of active auroras
This year being the peak of the 11-year solar cycle, we have had periods of intensive solar activity and here at Davis that means lively auroras in the night sky. Several of the crew have taken on the mantel of the dedicated aurora enthusiasts and braved the small hours of the mornings to chase that elusive 'perfect' shot.
This week saw several days of extraordinary activity that thrilled the photographic pundits. Lots of lively comparing of notes and photos ensued around the morning coffees (more than usual), and the chase continues as some are still not convinced they have the photo they want. It is always an impressive sight, and sometimes it is best to just watch it without the camera.