Farewell, Brackengate!

Today was my last day at Brackengate Hospital; the tin-can COVID hospital where I have spent the past fifteen months; the Hospital of Hope. I was a part of the Brackengate team from day one. I watched the empty warehouse form into a colourful 300-bed hospital, with a rainbow "it will be ok" drawing above … Continue reading Farewell, Brackengate!

Doctors, let’s be kind to each other.

Why are doctors so quick to criticize one another? What is it about the medical culture that enables us, not only to easily recognize but actively seek out one another's mistakes? When did we forget that we are all human? Why does it take a colleague losing their life over a mistake before we show … Continue reading Doctors, let’s be kind to each other.

Medicine over the Mountain

My year of community service in Oudtshoorn is drawing to a close and it has been quite an experience. Working in the periphery is a whole different ball game with its own challenges and frustrations, but also plenty of growth opportunities. I can honestly say that I would have turned out a totally different doctor … Continue reading Medicine over the Mountain

Junior Doctors

Junior doctors.  We spend our entire day caring for people, trying to save their lives.  When spend 26 hours at a time on our feet, looking after people during their illness.  When we go home after those 26 hours, our exhausted brains don’t stop thinking about the patients we saw during our shift. We continue … Continue reading Junior Doctors

What is your emergency?

As a doctor working in a district hospital, I spend my night shifts (and a fair amount of day shifts) working in casualty. Another name for casualty is Emergency Department - so you would assume that I spend a lot of time handling emergencies right? Wrong. Casualty is just another word for “Glorified 24-hour Clinic” … Continue reading What is your emergency?

#unemployeddoctors

I started my internship in January 2016. I was terrified. People’s actual lives were now in my hands. At the same time I was excited. This is what I had dreamt about since I was five years old and told my mom I was going to work in a “hostiple” one day. It was the … Continue reading #unemployeddoctors

Internal Medicine: Like heart attacks and stuff.

Things that Internal Medicine has taught me so far… Before I start I need to vent - If another person asks me what Internal Medicine is, I am going to lose my mind. When you say Orthopedics people are like “Oh a bone doctor!” and when you say Paediatrics they say “Ag, sweet man, little … Continue reading Internal Medicine: Like heart attacks and stuff.

Welcome to Obs and Gynae

Today was my first day in Obs and Gynae, and as first days go, it was quite something. It started spectacularly, with the most beautiful sunrise I have seen in a while. I even considered taking to a detour to the parking lot to get a good photo (I have a sunrise/sunset/Instagram problem - I … Continue reading Welcome to Obs and Gynae

There’s a first for everything… 

As expected, this year has brought me many firsts. Mostly good, some bad, all interesting. I've picked a few to share with you.  1. First time operating (not assisting): Last week I printed a surgery report with my name next to the words 'Surgeon 1'. Okay, it was a really straight forward skin graft, and … Continue reading There’s a first for everything… 

Change

Things that change when you become a doctor: On the eve of my last day of work before going on leave (yay!) I have been thinking about the way my life has changed in the last 6 months. A lot has changed, mostly for the better, others maybe not... These are just a few highlights: … Continue reading Change