Visit to the Riga Children’s Hospital and the Latvian CF Conference, October 2015
Brandon Taylor, CHI Project Manager and Dr Maya Desai, Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Birmingham, visited Riga to explore the options for restarting work in Latvia.
One day was spent at the Children’s Hospital CF unit where they met the local medical team, toured the facilities and saw 4 patients in clinic. The second day was spent at the conference organised by the Latvian CF Society. They also met 2 Russian doctors and the President of CF Europe.
The major conclusions were:
- The CF team at the Riga Children’s Hospital would benefit from a visit to a CF centre in the UK to see how CF care can be delivered and to learn about some of the interventions used here.
- A further visit to Riga by a team from the UK may be beneficial in the future.
- New-born screening is probably the most cost-effective way to improve the outcomes of children with CF in Latvia. As there is already a newborn screening programme for 2 other conditions, adding CF screening to this will be less expensive than setting it up from scratch.