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‘I want you to come with me,’ he said as he led me down the corridor to the crime scene. ‘I need to show you something.’ And then he added the ominous line: ‘for your education.’
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My throat was so painful it felt like I was swallowing glass. I was feverish, with tender, swollen glands. And I can tell you the exact moment I succumbed to the illness.
Tags: junior doctors, paediatrics and child health
I’ve often wondered whether anyone else has, in the middle of some soul-destroying hospital shift, felt strangely envious of their patients? I know I have.
Tags: junior doctors, consulting patients
‘I’m the responsible doctor,’ I said. It was true, but the phrase sounded heavier when said to the senior colleague I had just woken up at 2am.
Tags: junior doctors, medical diagnosis
Jobs all ticked off, it was turning into one of those nights that gave me the luxury of a few moments to consider whether a nap at 3am would be a good idea. After nodding off, I was awakened by a bleep: ‘Emergency C-section, obstetric theatres’.
Tags: medical education and training, junior doctors
Tags: junior doctors, medical education and training
‘Do you remember that chap with back pain?’, my supervisor asked. I did, but only partly, through the haze of paternity leave, as a couple of weeks previously I had been dashing across town to my wife, who had been in labour.
Tags: junior doctors, general practice
'But I had made plans!' It was Monday morning in the second week of December and the middle graders were bemoaning the fact that they had just been informed they were working over Christmas.
Tags: junior doctors
I can still remember the names and faces of all the patients that I have cared for who have died. I can no longer count them on two hands, but I can still remember them. I can remember the way they spoke to us on the ward round, the way they put on a brave face for their visitors and the emptiness of their eyes when I certified them. Does it ever get any easier?
In the hospital where I work PARRT stands for the Patient At Risk and Resuscitation Team. They are a team of experienced ICU nurses who run a 24 hour a day, 365 days of the year outreach service, patrolling the medical and surgical wards for patients who, as their name intimates, are at risk of dying.
It’s a classic pattern in life; just as soon as you become adjusted to a new environment’s challenging demands, the goalposts change and the threshold of expectation rises a little higher.
Tags: foundation programme, junior doctors
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