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Author Archives: Lysa

Walking the Via Francigena for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF)

Hi to you wonderful people. So many fantastic things are happening that I want to tell you about!!! There’s only 8 weeks to go until I start walking 999km from Aosta to Roma (alone!) to raise funds for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) - I can hardly believe that I started to plan this almost aContinue Reading

Olympic Torch

 After years of planning the Olympics are finally underway. While it may only be early days in the proceedings, the event hasn’t been entirely without casualties even at this point. In one shift this week I looked after three ‘victims’ of the Olympic torch…. My first lovely lady was a proud mother patiently standing onContinue Reading

Knife Crime

With 60 percent of the victims of knife related crime being teenagers, it’s important to get in there and talk to them about the dangers early. But how early is too early? When I go in to prison to talk to young people about the implications of knife crime, sadly, they are already fully aware.Continue Reading

The Magic Roundabout

My first patient of the shift hopped around like he had ants in his pants as he tried to describe to me what had happened to him, so I shall call him Zebedee. Cradling his poorly right hand with his left as if it were protecting a precious Faberge egg, Zebedee put it thus; “IContinue Reading

Jackanory

Recently, after a bit of a break away, I had a couple of shifts working in A&E. I really enjoy working in that environment, not least for the interest factor. Some shifts in particular I find that I can entertain myself for hours trying to figure out the real story behind the euphemisms I’m regaledContinue Reading

Book Review: In Stitches – The highs and lows of being an A&E doctor by Dr Nick Edwards

  After discovering his very kind review of my book in the Nursing Standard I felt duty bound to purchase and read Dr Nick Edward’s book in return. I don’t normally read books of the medical genre because: a) I live and breathe medical type issues for the day job and I usually prefer to read Italian fiction andContinue Reading

Wipe your feet

Working on the car recently, I was called to a large gated residence situated on a private road. A retired professional couple lived there; Mr Middleton, (not his real name) called because he was concerned that his wife, who’d been having antibiotics for a chest infection for a couple of weeks, seemed to be deterioratingContinue Reading

Taking Responsibility

This chap came in to an Urgent Care Centre where I was working with a young lady and a toddler in a buggy who looked about two years old. After our polite introductions he said to me; “I’d like you to document all my injuries; I’ve been a victim of police brutality and I’m coveredContinue Reading

It only hurts when I laugh

After years of being in the role of care provider, suddenly a couple of weeks ago, late at night, an unbearable pain in my tummy meant my husband had to pop me to our local A&E department, the hospital where I trained as nurse and have worked intermittently in various guises since. Now I wasContinue Reading

You've been framed

I saw a lovely patient this week, he was a very shy young man who didn’t speak much English but sadly he had just been mugged. There were three of them and only one of him – so violence really wasn’t necessary, but still they punched him in the face a number of times asContinue Reading

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