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What made you want to be a doctor?
I was always interested in science and spent a lot of time visiting my older sister in hospital. After the NHS and its doctors had given so much to help her I saw a way I could use my science knowledge and make a difference to other families and their children
Why did you choose your specialty?
And my choice of paediatrics naturally leads on from there really. I never really liked adult medicine or surgery when I did then as a student but was openly welcomed as a member of the team when I joined the paediatric team for my 4th year placement. After that I was sold on the speciality and everything else was just “doing time” until I could get back to where I felt I belonged
What’s the most interesting thing about your speciality/job?
I get to meet so many families in my work, for many I just another member of hospitals staff, but for others I do make a real difference – sometimes its being the one to explain where the consultants don’t have time, being the one to clerk them in and deal with their initial fears, or in one case being the one to go down to the hospital laundry to retrieve a lost teddy bundled up when the bed was changed
What has been your best moment in medicine?
Receiving the thank you card written by an orthorpaedic trauma patient in his non dominant hand thanking me for being the one to take the time to bring the xray viewer to his bedside to show him the fractures of his pelvis on Xray and explain why he was so sore. The card was written in his non dominant hand as he’d also broken his right arm.
And your worst?
Getting my feet covered in urine when trying to change a catheter on an elderly male surgical patient, followed almost immediately by my registrar walking in to see me soaking wet.
What advice would you give prospective doctors?
Always value the nurses and be polite to them even when you’re having the worst day – having the nurses on side make such a difference to the running of your ward.
What’s been your favourite doc2doc discussion of all time?
I think the discussion I started about the doctor-patient relationship developed into a great discussion on medical ethics and led to a publication for myself and Tom Koch. The other would be the tips for new doctors discussion which led to the You Will Survive E-book
What do you do when you are not being a doctor?
I’m a medical officer in St John ambulance, but I guess that doesn’t count as being “not a doctor”. I enjoy cooking and gardening and from time to time get out my old lego for something completely different to work.