Over the past week I’ve been doing work experience at a huge hospital with over 5,000 members of staff. I spent time in many of the different departments/wards; orthopaedics, the dementia unit, anaesthetic area, A&E etc., and spent time with tens of different staff members including theatre support staff, nurses, receptionists and doctors.
Some of the things I saw in places like A&E and the intensive care unit were just that… intense. Being surrounded by sick patients, ill elderly people and those who were severely injured wasn’t a very uplifting environment (as you could probably guess), and on top of that there were many distraught families, relatives and friends coming to visit their loved ones in the hospital, which really did constantly remind me that every patient wasn’t just a number on a sheet, but they had a whole lot of people worried about them.
I only spent a week there, and by the end of it I was absolutely exhausted and was considerably humbled by my experiences.
I began to question how these doctors, nurses and staff did this every day. They see the very pinnacle of humanities’ disregard and dis-ease, so how on earth do they handle it?
All of the blogs on From Our Eyes have been written by young people. They are about the kind of issues and problems teenagers face on a constant basis, as well as worldwide epidemics that not only youth, but EVERYONE experiences day to day.