Addenbrooke’s Hospital- day 2

AM Handover

It was pretty fast today, compared to yesterday.

There was an issue with a patient not agreeing to be discharged even though the doctors believed that the patient was set to be discharged. I asked how do you deal with that situation? Answer: call the Emergency Department to deal with them and get back to work.


Many of the doctors from the handover then went to some training in a special room in one of the wards. The training was about taking care of a fitting child.

Most of them were guessing what to do next and a neurologist consultant took charge of the mock situation and led the team. At the end, the doctor in charge of the training told the neurologist that she did very well and that she was right to take charge of the situation even though she wasn’t the first to arrive at the scene because she was the one who knew what to do. The lesson from that was to do what you got to do to save a patient, even if you don’t want to be a bit rude to your coleagues I’m sure they’d prefer to be shoved out of the way than to lose a life.

Dude, doctors really never stop learning; learning how to save a life! Through research, training and experience.

Paediatric Gastroenterology

You’ve got to make compromises (benefits vs side effects), try not to undermine anyone and all of that whilst keeping the patient’s well being as top priority. As I was in paediatrics, it’s also very important to make all decisions with parent’s consent. Duh!

The hard thing about all of that is… well, all of it! You have to think about everyone and everything.

Paediatric surgery clinic

Some parents are lovely and really easy to attend to, whilst others… not so much. All people are different; parents are people, so they won’t all be the same. BUT just talk to them all politely, in parent language and give the information they ask for if you know it (if you don’t know it, say that!). You may see the same kind of case over and over again but, for goodness’ sake, keep in mid that the parent hasn’t! That’s their child in pain dude. Of course they’re going to be distressed and not knowing what’s up isn’t going to help.

Babies were the main patients that day and babies are just little people. Little people who cry. A lot. Only 1 of them didn’t cry during examination. That one opted for hitting the surgeon’s arm with his mega muscles instead.

That’s not him, but he was totally as cute!

Day 2 complete. Only 1 last day to post!

Isn’t it great that good doctors never stop learning? Yay or Nay?

May God bless you all,

Diana Pereira




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