10 Things to Know about referring to ITU

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.

My top 10 tips for returning to maternity leave

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.

Should parents always have the right to make decision for their child?

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.”