This morning I was with the hub nurse registering patients in the main waiting area and then directing them to the right room for their appointment. As well as telling the health care assistants that the patients, for the consultant they are helping, have arrived. She also took any new patient notes such as x-rays or any other scans done on that day to the consultant seeing the patient.
Then later that afternoon I was with a consultant that specialises in the hip and knees. Most of the patients were to there to be reviewed after they had surgery. In some cases the patient arrived to give an update to the consultant about their condition and whether or not they are ready for surgery. One of the patients had an injection on her knee to help her with the arthritis. I asked him what he thought about the work-life balance to which he replied it was awful at the beginning of his career in the UK 20-30 years ago but it’s improving now. He went to a medical school in India after graduation and doing the training he came to England and did his training again. During his training he realised that he wanted to specialise in the musculoskeletal aspect of medicine which is why he is working in the orthopaedic ward as a specialist. He recommended to find an extensive amount of work experience since medicine is a lifelong career. You need to have a real passion for it and be able to look past the bad to feel rewarded rather than feeling drained most of the days.