Each week NHS England invites a different member of staff or patient to curate the @NHS Twitter account, and this week was my turn! On Friday I opened Joshua’s memory box, and told his story.
The first time I called ITU I had such a hard time that it made me reluctant to call again. Now, as an ITU reg, I know that my referral was a bit pants. But at the time I was very junior, panicking, and unsure how to get help for my the sick patient in front of me.
I would never want anyone to be unable to get the help they need for a sick or deteriorating patient. So here are my top 10 tips on how to get help, and how to refer to critical care.
Welcome to the tribe! Emergency Medicine is very much a team sport. While you’re with us, you’re one of us. And we look after our own! Here’s 10 things I would like to you know about working in the ED from an EM reg.
When I first returned back from nearly 16 months of maternity leave, even putting in a cannula felt like Everest. Everyone told me that returning to work is just like riding a bike, that you never really forget how to practice Medicine. Yet there I was, in my first week back, trying to look up the dose for Ibuprofen in the BNF without anyone noticing.
Months on I’m still figuring a few things out, but I thought I’d share my top 10 tips of things that have helped me in returning to work after maternity leave.
Listen to my interview about Alfie Evans with Carolyn Quinn on BBC Radio 4 PM about 15 minutes into the programme.
“It is a hard truth to accept that the child’s best interests have to be protected above else, even at times, from the wishes and very best intentions of their parents.”
“When your child’s life hangs in the balance it is impossible to think clearly and rationally.”
I am indescribly angry at those who prey on parents at their most vulnerable, offering them hope where there is one. It is abhorrent and it is cruel.
For me, writing things down not only helps me learn, but acts a safety valve; some of my reflections detail my darkest and most difficult days in Medicine. But following the case of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba are any of us able to candidly reflect on paper anymore?
Imagine having to self-cannulate, attach your own defibrillator pads and give yourself thrombolysis. This is the story of a nurse who had an MI 100 miles away from the nearest medical facility in Australia. Good sir, we salute you.
I am so humbled that my letter to the Editor was published in The Sunday Times. Women need to know that requiring intervention from doctors during childbirth is never a failure on their part. And that is may well be lifesaving for them and their baby.
When I first read Samuel Shem’s book as an idealistic medical student, I couldnt get to grips with its dark humour. I regarded it as a work of fiction, not realising that after a few short years in the Emergency Department, I would read it again with a wry smile, understanding so much more of the unspoken culture of Medicine.