My Life, Their Lives: saving lives at the roadside
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
Yes, folks, I'm back to work. After only 17 days, I had had enough of day-time TV and chocolate-covered cherries, and I returned to work this morning. I was spotted by a number of ambulance crews, and within minutes of my arrival I had a call from Control; "We understand you are back at the A&E. We presume you are also back on BASICS callouts if we need you..." "Only local ones, and not at night", I suggested, knowing full well that, if I'm back, I'm back. Oh well, here's to a full night's sleep tonight...
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.