Ferewell Karen


Karen Chung is a Kiwi doctor who has been working for Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) for the past year in Swaziland; I am her replacement. This is her going-away cake, baked by the staff of Matsapha Comprehensive Clinic. On her last day in the clinic, the staff threw a party.


Lots of food, but not typically Swazi: crisps and cheesy wotsits, mixed together; peanuts, raisins and nuts, samosas and pasties. And to wash it all down, a selection of fizzy beverages, including Iron Brew (sic), Coca Cola and Fanta (the most popular).

Each department gave a short speech praising Karen for her clinical skill, generosity, energy and good humour.


I was lucky to have a week’s handover with Karen. In that short time, it was obvious that the high praise of the clinic staff was thoroughly deserved. She is an excellent doctor and will be a hard act to follow.


Karen is on her way back to Auckland, New Zealand (via Berlin) for a well-deserved break. She has a great career ahead of her.

By Dr Alfred Prunesquallor

Maverick doctor with 40 years experience, I reduced my NHS commitment in 2013. I am now enjoying being free lance, working where I am needed overseas. Now I am working in the UK helping with the current coronavirus pandemic.

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