GLIOBLASTOMA & BLINDNESS

A glioblastoma is type of cancerous brain tumour. Despite securing a medical school place the I do still want to continue volunteering at my local hospice which I have been doing for over 2 years now. It has been a very rewarding experience and helped me to develop a lot of skills. Every so often,…

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FIRST DAY AT THE CHILDREN’S WARD

My first day at the children’s ward! I was given a tour around the area as part of my induction. I think I’m really going to love being in this ward as there are so many different jobs I could engage myself in and I definitely like to be really hands on, keeping myself busy.…

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ETHICAL DILEMMAS IN PRACTICE

One thing about the Urgent Care Centre is that sometimes it is extremely busy and at other times there’s nothing to do. As a volunteer, there’s only a limited number of roles which I am capable of doing. Some of the time I just play an observational role during my time there. I definitely find…

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I LOVE TALKING TO PATIENTS 🗣

The Urgent Care Centre was extremely busy today. Some of the doctors were multitasking and seeing two patients simultaneously. Even after doing this, there was still a problem as all the rooms were soon used up and there wasn’t space for another patient to be seen. I helped to quickly clear some rooms after they…

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PATIENCE IS THE KEY 🔑

This is something that I’ve learnt throughout my volunteering at the hospice. Medicine is career which requires for you to work with many very unwell people, some of which may have debilitating illnesses. As a doctor you must act as the patient’s advisor, but also play a caring role within their treatment. I’ve learnt to…

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THE NEED FOR SPEED 🏃

Today I carried out lots of little errands in the Urgent Care Centre. I was involved in various parts of the centre and was able to appreciate the variety of roles Medical staff are expected to complete with competence. For all the weeks I have been here, I have not seen the same doctor twice…

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CHRISTMAS DAY AT THE HOSPICE 🎅🎄

Most of the patients had gone home today as it is Christmas day, so there wasn’t a lot for me to do. However, going to the hospice today has allowed me to reflect on the dedication and commitment to society you must have pledged in order to serve as a doctor. I’ve learnt the true…

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FIRST TIME IN THE ‘EYE ROOM’ 👁

Today I spent my shift shadowing a doctor who had just finished her foundation training years and was planning on spending this year in the Emergency Department. It was very interesting to experience the delivery of healthcare from the perspective of a doctor who was fairly new to the profession as opposed to somebody more…

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MEDICINE ISN’T JUST ABOUT PRESCRIBING DRUGS!

 One of the main things which I learnt from today’s Hospice visit is the importance of being able to treat a patient, provide them with the relevant diagnoses, medicines, pieces of advice as well as treating them with a level of respect and genuine care. It’s incredibly important that patients aren’t just isolated and treated…

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FIRST DAY AT THE URGENT CARE CENTRE 🏥

Today I had my first day of volunteering in the Urgent Care Centre. It was quite different and definitely more fast paced than my volunteering at the hospice. My role was to offer drinks to patients being treated by the doctors as well as asking them to fill in some feedback forms. The department sister…

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PATIENT WITH TERMINAL BRAIN CANCER IS RETURNING HOME 🏠

Today I was also able to spent quite a bit of time with a patient who had been suffering from a brain tumour. I was able to follow her journey in the hospice as I was volunteering here when she was first admitted. I noticed that her health had significantly improved throughout the past few…

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I’VE BEEN NOMINATED FOR ‘YOUNG VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR’ AWARD! 🎗

One of the first things that I noticed was that one of the patients who seemed to have been deteriorating over the past couple of weeks was no longer here. I spoke to the nurse who told me that she had unfortunately passed away after her stay, which had been several weeks long. Hearing about…

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NEW PATIENTS 🛏 

In today’s shift I spoke to a new patient who had been admitted this week. She was really distressed and was speaking in an incoherent way. She displayed a variety of emotions such as fear and anger which I thought was rather worrying and she was repeatedly asking questions such as, “Is he here yet?…

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RENAL FAILURE 🚽

Today a patient with renal failure passed away. This really opened my mind as I was able to reflect on the fact that hospices don’t just deal with cancers, but also a wider range of life threatening illnesses, such as renal failure. I spoke to the hospice physician who told me about the difficulty of…

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