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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PATIENCE IS THE KEY πŸ”‘

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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CHRISTMAS DAY AT THE HOSPICE πŸŽ…πŸŽ„

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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MEDICINE ISN’T JUST ABOUT PRESCRIBING DRUGS!

Β 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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PATIENT WITH TERMINAL BRAIN CANCER IS RETURNING HOME πŸ 

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! πŸŽ—

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 πŸ›Β 

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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