My Time At St Heliers Hospital
During my time at St Heliers not only did I acquire a multitude of skills but I also came to realise that medicine and being a doctor are two entirely separate things. Working in the NHS requires doctors and other medical professionals to work together in order to meet certain standards. This was something I witnessed as the registrars and consultants scrutinized each others efforts to not only fulfil these requirements but the monitoring and diagnosis of certain conditions such Pre-Eclampsia ultimately improving the quality of patient healthcare.
Surfing through the gynaecology and obstetric medicine department I initially thought I would be stuck with hormonal women with their jaded husbands eager to get this 9 month ordeal over with. However, it was here I realised the true importance of midwifes and nurses who complete the feeling of security and care during various consultations of pregnant women.
“Good luck mate” was the phrase that echoed out of all the patients I had spoken to. Despite being only a work experience I felt I had built a rapport with some of the patients as well as the nurses, SHO’s and registrars.
During my time there:
q I witnessed a hysterectomy and an ERPOC (evacuation of retained products of conception) in theatre. I learnt more about how the procedures were preformed and developed a greater appreciation about the element of risk involved as well as the concentration and skill required to perform such operations.
q I filled discharged forms and entered the required information by reading patients medical records. I also used the hospitals’ computer system to check patients’ test results. This taught me the importance of documentation which solidified the concept of the NHS’ collaborative approach to treating patients.
q Attended an audit meeting where I observed many registrars, consultants, nurses and midwifes discussing more efficient ways of monitoring and diagnosing illnesses such as pre-eclampsia to achieve national standards consistently ultimately improving the quality of patient healthcare.
q I attended various consultations such as prescribing various medications to pregnant women, the standard approach to monitoring the progress of the baby, a midwife booking which consists of taking the all mother’s medical history as well financial and social status. I saw a sonic aid being used to ensure a regular heartbeat, measuring the fundal height of the womb.
By Mohammed Hasan A-Level Student
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