Under the Blue Lights

“Roman candles that burn in the night, Yeah, you are a shining light…” Ash – Shining Light is playing on the radio at the tube station coffee shop while I wait for my hot chocolate drink and ham and cheese croissant. One minute I am looking at the information board telling me that there are…

Night shifts

The event that seemed to increase my confidence in my early days as a  junior doctor was the start of night shifts. It is funny, it should have been the opposite – left ‘alone’ to manage the wards without a bevy of supporting doctors. However the general quiteness and autonomy left me time to think…

Meet the team…

I was part of a typical surgical gastrointestinal (GI) team with its associated hierarchal structure. House officer (me), senior house officer (one), registrar (one) and consultants (two). They were of course very polite and helpful and predictably spent most of the day in theatre. I had to get used to/learn to ignore the feelings of…