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I qualified as a doctor this year and will be working my very first Christmas in the NHS at the Royal Surrey Hospital in Guildford.
Being part of the medical profession is something I have long dreamed of, and I am massively proud to have come from Romania to work in the NHS.
I was born in Novaci a village in the countryside of Romania. I became attracted to medicine because, when I was growing up, I was surrounded by doctors for the unfortunate reason that a number of my family members were unwell.
As I got older I began to aspire towards studying and working in the UK because of seeing and hearing about the NHS. What fascinated me from an early age was that it was free at the point of use and for anyone regardless of their background and helps reduce social inequality.
When my mother had cancer, as a family we didn’t really know how to speak to her about the disease. When I went to medical school therefore, one of the things I was keen to learn more about was how we interact on these topics and how we can normalise these sorts of discussions between people.
Life has a habit of moving forward in a profession that tends to progress quite gradually it is important to strike a balance between your home life and your work life.
I met my fiancée, who is a geneticist, by pure chance while sat next to her on a flight four years ago. We were working in the area of cancer research but it was only once we got chatting I realised she was from my home town, that her parents knew mine through friends of friends. We now live in London and are planning to get married.
This year, I’ll be working this New Year’s Eve and finishing my shift at 9am in the morning after which I will be able to spend time with my family who will be coming over from Romania.
Long hours are one of the less positive aspects of medicine but in the end it is all worth it when you look at patient satisfaction and the overall benefit you give to society.
The people that you work with you get to know very well over the months and years; whether they are doctors, nurses, occupational therapists or pharmacists.
My job as a doctor would not be possible without them, and it means that all of us who will spend the festive period working in the NHS know that there is a chance to celebrate with your ‘work family’. It also reminds us and others that healthcare workers are human beings, and remembering to look after our needs is just as important as it is for our patients.
Having celebrations at work, taking five minutes out of your day to share a few moments of gratitude with your team can make a big difference on a busy Christmas-time night.
Bogdan Chiva Giurca is a foundation year 1 doctor in Surrey
Easier when you are new and fresh. Gets harder and harder with time, as you want the be able to be with family and enjoy holidays and have a break like other people.
Hope you have a reasonable night , but from experience news eve is always extremely busy .
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