by Joe Jamieson

Sri Lanka Kandy, Clinical Features

Good news — we’ve partnered with one of the Sri Lanka’s top paediatric hospitals to bring you an even more varied clinical experience.

Run by the Sri Lankan Government, the hospital opened in 2012 to battle an overwhelming number of child-related clinical cases. It serves children aged 0 to 16 from many of the surrounding provinces, some of whom will have travelled for miles to receive care.

Below, we look at the range of departments and cases you could experience should you choose to undertake your overseas placement here.

Paediatric Cardiology

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This ward provides complete care for all Paediatric Cardiology conditions, offering relatively modern care options for kids suffering from heart conditions. Young patients benefit from the expertise of board-certified Paediatric Cardiologists, Cardiovascular Surgeons, bio-engineering laboratories, hybrid-capable cardiac catheterisation laboratories, and a plenty of friendly support throughout their treatment. This commitment to clinical research and innovation has helped the hospital earn recognition as one of the top cardiology and heart surgery programs in the country.

Cases typical in this department include congenital heart defects, aortic coarctation, arrhythmia, endocarditis, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, rheumatic heart disease, and childhood obesity.

Paediatric Speech Therapy

On the Paediatric Ward in Sri Lanka

The Speech Therapists who work here provide a wide range of treatments for children, as well as support for their families. The issues they mainly focus on are speech, language social communication, cognitive-communication,and swallowing disorders in children. Should the child need extra help surrounding their treatment, counselling and other follow-up services for these disorders are provided. Spending time in this department will develop your communication skills, and allow you to interact with children from a range of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Paediatric Physiotherapy


In this department, some cases will be advanced beyond what you’ve seen before. Common cases include cerebral palsy, stroke, fractures, burns, guillain barre, and MSK.

It’s a rare chance to be able to encounter these sorts of cases in children and young people, making this an incredible option if you want to go deeper into the study of your field, further developing your understanding.

Paediatric Surgery

Surgical team in Kathmandu

This department admits and cares for children who are undergoing surgery. The ward's main responsibilities include managing pre and postoperative care, dressing wounds, taking vital signs, making beds, administering medication, and monitoring IV fluids and blood transfusions. Common surgical cases you’ll likely encounter include abdominal surgeries, acute abdomen appendicitis, intussusception, and volvulus.

Other departments you could work in include ENT, Neonatal, A&E, Orthodontics, and Occupational Therapy.

Whichever elective you're looking to undertake, from medical electives to physiotherapy placements, to you’ll expand your understanding and face the challenges associated with diagnosing, treating, and caring for children and young people in the developing world.

To find out more, fill out the short enquiry form at the end of the page.

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