My name is Katie and I’m 26. I’m a newly qualified doctor and recently started working early because of the Covid-19 pandemic. I love to go out for food and cocktails with the girls, gigs and absolutely love a holiday -my ultimate destination is the Philippines. I went to uni for eight years, did a 3 year undergrad degree in Biomedical Sciences and then completed a five year medicine course to become a doctor. I paid my way through uni working at River Island for 9 years and it was the best thing I could have done. Working at River gave me the confidence to talk to anyone which obviously helps as a doctor. It taught me how to balance work with life and helped me grow as a person, surrounded by a variety of people.
Wow, that is a difficult question. As cliché as it sounds I find it interesting. I find learning about how the body works and how it fails really fascinating.
Tell us three facts about the NHS we might not know…
1. The NHS deals with over 1.4 million patients every 24 hours!
2. It is the 5th largest employer in the world.
3. Since the NHS was created, the life expectancy of men and women has gone up by approximately 10 years.
Definitely the support from everyone especially my River Island family who have been my no. 1 fans and always make me smile. Good food at the weekend is a necessity so I feel like I’ve had a weekend and have something to look forward to. As lockdown has eased, I’ve been able to see my friends and family (socially distanced of course) which has really helped keep me going. I miss being able to hug them though. I’ve actually got back into exercise too which has been great! I’ve felt really good recently and done workouts I never thought I could.
My advice coming out of lockdown would be to respect your friends, family and the people around you. Just because you feel ready doesn’t mean your loved ones do so just respect that. This has had a huge impact on people for different reasons and there should be a mutual understanding that we all want to get through it at our own pace. Also, let’s not forget the positives that Covid has brought. The amazing impact on the environment, the acts of kindness between neighbours, the positivity over social media, the money saving, the much needed break from work etc. There has been plenty of positives and we should focus on them.
To go on holiday!!! I miss the beach and the sea; I miss cocktails and mezze platters. I’d go so far to say that I would clap when the plane lands...
To celebrate the NHS 72nd birthday I think now more than ever we need to celebrate and appreciate what an amazing healthcare service we have. I hope that after Covid the appreciation is not forgotten. I urge people to remember that we haven’t had a break and to be patient when things return to normal. I think we should do one last outdoor clap to show our appreciation for over 70 years of incredible service. Clap louder than ever!