Report of Tour - Trinidad

Scope and Content

Typescript and rough manuscript copy of Wilkinson's report of his time in Trinidad. Wilkinson arrives in Trinidad just over 1 month after it had gained independence and gives a brief overview of its history, geography, and climate. He gives a more detailed description of the available health and medical services in the country including annual expenditure, hospital facilities, birth rate, and the lack of a medical school.

He first visits the Port of Spain General Hospital for a preliminary inspection and tour of the pathological laboratories, whose work he describes. He also pursues clinical teaching ward rounds and spends time in the clinics, particularly the paediatric clinic. He is then interviewed for radio and TV and visits the zoo and botanical gardens.

He visits the San Fernando General Hospital and describes the facilities, with particular notice to the kitchens and catering department. Later he gives a lecture on haematological diseases and does clinical teaching ward rounds. Finally he visits a rural District Medical Officer and leaves the country disappointed at the lack of active research work being done.