My Life, Their Lives: saving lives at the roadside
Friday, 6 March 2009
So, there I was, in a ditch with an elderly couple. They had come off the road and flipped their car over, coming to rest upside down in the ditch. Remarkably, apart from a few scratches, they were unharmed, and desperate to self-extricate. I am always keen for patients to do this, as it makes our lives much easier, but we do like them to have something to lie down on. I called up to the paramedic who was with the ambulance; "Steve! Can I have the spine board?" Nothing. "Steve! Can you give me a hand down here?" Still nothing. I turned to my colleague, who was trying gamely to stop the lady falling out of the car. "What's up with Steve? Is he deaf?" "No", came back the answer, "he's Darren!"
I am a BASICS Doctor. I am one of a select group of doctors who give up their time to provide medical care at the roadside. My son has nagged me to put some more details in, so you can blame him.
I am married, and we have 5 kids. My wife is a photographer, and I'm only occasionally jealous of what she does! Our eldest wants to be a doctor. I'm trying to persuade him to find a proper career. The only problem with that is he sees how much I enjoy what I do.
Our daughter, second in line, is the artist of the family. She will be VERY famous when she is older, I have no doubt.
Our younger three boys are, fortunately, too young to have to worry about careers - much more interested in TV and computer games than anything else - ah, the joys of youth!!
I am an A&E Consultant of a fairly large District General Hospital. This helps me keep up my trauma skills, as we are very close to both the M1 and the M25.