COVID-19 visualised: One-hour challenge

Recently I have been coding much more thanks to my ongoing research. As such, I have been working extensively with data and R, an open-source programming language used for statistical analysis of big data and even machine learning. I first began working with big data sets and R about three years ago when I went … Continue reading COVID-19 visualised: One-hour challenge

Save lives by testing asymptomatic NHS staff for COVID

Greyfriars Kirk graveyard, Edinburgh Three weeks ago, there was an outbreak of COVID-19 on my ward leading to 14 members of members of staff becoming infected and subsequently being absent from work. The ward was closed for two days, with no new patient admissions allowed into the ward. This resulted in cancelled elective surgeries and … Continue reading Save lives by testing asymptomatic NHS staff for COVID

Unfortunate cases of failing patients and staff in the time of COVID-19

COVID has had many unpredictable effects on healthcare and working life. One such impact has been the delayed presentation of unwell individuals to hospital. These patients stay away for a number of reasons: to protect the NHS; for fear of contracting coronavirus from hospital; or due to being wrongly diagnosed with coronavirus and actively advised … Continue reading Unfortunate cases of failing patients and staff in the time of COVID-19

Difficult conversations: is your doctor as knowledgeable as he thinks?

Difficult conversations The theme of today's blog is difficult conversations. The life of a doctor is full of difficult conversations, whether that is discussing do not attempt resuscitation orders with patients, explaining to a family that their loved one will likely die on this admission, or explaining to your loved ones why you have to … Continue reading Difficult conversations: is your doctor as knowledgeable as he thinks?

The beautiful, and unintended, side effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

It is a beautiful day in Edinburgh today. It is about 9 degrees Celsius but there are no clouds in the sky so it feels much warmer. In the sunshine, when you close your eyes you can transport yourself to any distant and warm foreign land. In those moments it is easier to forget that … Continue reading The beautiful, and unintended, side effects of the COVID-19 pandemic