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People die. Sorry to start with the end, but the first time a patient died, I was devastated, and you need to know that it’s alright to feel like that, but that it’s also part of working in a hospital.
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As the patient’s husband opened the door, I was vomiting into the snow. Although only a six-mile taxi ride, I have never travelled well. ‘Born dead it was,’ said the man, who had waited for me to stand up.
Tags: home visits, obstetrics and gynaecology
The suicide of a comedian is perhaps more poignant, but no less tragic than any other. It is a sad indictment of current public attitudes to mental health that it takes the suicide of a celebrity to trigger national conversations about the complexity and severity of mental illness.
Tags: mental health, psychiatry, suicide
Tags: junior doctors, foundation programme year 1
The extent of the experience and knowledge gained by our trainees is becoming obvious. That's because they're all leaving, taking it with them. A whole new batch will be pushed into the frontline to join the trench warfare that emergency medicine has become.
Tags: junior doctors, changeover, emergency medicine
I had never seen an operation before. A third-year medical student, new to the wards, new to real patients. And now the surgical registrar had said we should come and watch him work. I was, of course, terrified.
Tags: medical students, junior doctors, medical education and training
'Take your time, there's no hurry.' I had been pestering to do my first cataract, and now the opportunity had arrived, I felt that anyone chosen at random from the streets of Manchester would have been able to do it better.
Tags: junior doctors, medical education and training
I was early for my out-of-hours shift, so was using the time to catch up with NHS emails. As I scanned down the list my attention was brought to a sudden full stop at a heading including the word GOVERNANCE in capital letters. This wasn't a complaint was it?
Tags: general practice
Consultants’ on-call duties mean they often already work seven days a week, and there is an ongoing debate as to how acute, emergency and urgent services can be provided at evenings and weekends.
However the impact the move to seven-day services could have on education, research and workforce planning is an issue which may have been less considered.
Tags: ARM 2014, seven day working, medical education and training
The wooden benches outside the coroner’s court seemed almost inviting after the bland, unheated reception.
Tags: GPs, family doctors, pacemakers
Picture the scene. I am a paediatric broad-based trainee and it’s 4.30pm on a Sunday. The registrar and I have been working 13-hour stretches all weekend and have another five hours until the end of our shift.
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