Well I really enjoyed ENT when I was a student.
And I did 3 months of ENT in my first year as a newly qualified doctor in 1992 and I
just loved the breadth of things we had to look after – patients from babies through
to older folk and a large variety of different conditions. And that sort of thing set me
off on the track for ENT after that. The best thing about my job is the patients
– particularly because we can help the vast majority of them so it’s really nice to
be able to take somebody through a problem and see them out the other side with a positive
outcome. I like the different kinds of patients we get, I look after babies as well as adults.
I specialise in ear problems, and lots of ear problem are amendable to treatment both
medical and surgical treatment so it’s very rewarding being able to do that. I guess typical is always difficult, because
every day is slightly different. But for instance, today I started very early in the morning
with operating. We looked at tonsillectomy’s this morning, which is fairly standard operating
for me. This afternoon I’ll have clinic, and will see a variety of patients in the
clinic all afternoon and into the evening with all sorts of ENT problems. On a lot of
days, when I’m in the health service particularly, I’ll have teaching responsibilities as well,
for my junior doctors and medical students, and currently there’s quite a lot of management
work running our department as well, so a mixture of all of those things. So spare time, I’ve got 3 school aged children.
So we spend a lot of family time together doing a variety of things; we like cycling
around Richmond Park, we do quite a lot of things in our local church and we love to
travel – so whenever there is the opportunity to get out and about, we take it.