More stories from the frontline
Dear all, I hope you have all enjoyed the rare spell of sunshine we have been experiencing over the last week (using safe measures of course – unless you need your eyesight checked in a castle or something). Here follows the next instalment of my experience of this pandemic through the eyes of an NHS worker.
The good bits
- We have been able to open a couple more wards as ‘non-COVID’ wards as the sheer numbers of COVID patients requiring hospital admissions start to fall. As such, elective procedures and more urgent outpatient appointments are going to re-commence.
- It was Eid – the end celebration of Ramadan this last week. Thousands of Muslim NHS staff have done tremendously to celebrate at home, not going to the mosque, and forgoing visiting family. This is Muslim ‘Christmas’ if you will – imagine that without your family. Eid wins on the weather front though!
- Hundreds of companies and volunteers have flooded us with offers of making masks, scrub bags and mask clips to save our ears. We are floored by the generosity. For example, my wedding dress designer has offered to make surgical gowns all the way from India!
- Many patients who have spent months in ICU are being stepped down to medical wards to receive rehab prior to discharge from hospital. A stay in intensive care has been likened to torture if compared with the WHO definition. Our patients are often in a coma, paralysed, and unable to consent to or comprehend the interventions they require to live. Many of our patients have PTSD, lose significant muscle function, lose their hair, lose their voice. And now, slowly but surely, they are walking out of hospital – with a grand standing ovation from all the medical staff who have come to know them. We are so impressed by their resilience, so proud of their resolve, and so hopeful that they continue to live happy and healthy lives.
One of my consultants is convinced that their chicken has COVID. Apparently, the chicken has a hacking cough. Begs the question – what came first? The chicken or the…
About Dr Hasan
Dr Hasan (DH 2008) studied Chemistry, Biology, Economics, Maths and AS Level Physics before heading to Imperial College, London to study Medicine. After completing her medical studies, she spent two years at the Royal Berkshire Hospital and Wexham Park Hospital as a Foundation Doctor, moving around departments including adult medicine, neonatology, A&E and surgery. In August 2016 she moved back to the Royal Berkshire as a Core Medical Trainee where she became a Medical Registrar.