South Africa Weeks 15-16

Work Monday to Wednesday were quite busy, but I ticked off caesareans 7 & 8. Then I was on call in the evening. I did two tricky cannulas on the medical ward, then reviewed and cannulated a premature newborn baby in nursery. It seemed pretty stable, then as I was writing the notes, it’s oxygen…

SA Week 14: Heroes Marathon

Work Monday, Maternity was more full than it has been lately and rounds took longer than they have been taking. When I started in September, it was so busy with Christmas babies and I suppose this rush is the Valentine’s day babies. I left on time and was on call. But I didn’t get a…

SA Week 13 – iPhone died

Sorry for the lack of pictures in this one – my phone died a death on Sunday and I lost 3 weeks worth of photos. Work Monday to Friday were pretty standard and steady which was good as one of my colleagues was on holiday for 3 days then off sick for 2 days, leaving…

SA: 12 races in 12 weeks

Work I wasnโ€™t in work on Monday off due to my car saga, leaving me stranded in East London. And in a way it was lucky, as I was sick and had I been in Tsolo, would have felt obliged to go in then really struggled all day. Tuesday morning after rounds, I did a…

SA Week 9 – Amanzimtoti

Work: After worrying about it over the weekend, Monday in work went fine. We decided on a roster with one person to cover each of antenatal, postnatal and clinic for the week so we’d each be responsible for one area. This meant for the first time ever, I didn’t start on postnatal and then go…

SA Week 8 : Port St Johns

Work This week seemed to speed past. Work was quite standard. My paperwork folder really helped reduce some frustration of wasting time searching for forms. On Thursday, I was called to theatre for an emergency Caesarean even before I was due to start. When I got there, sister handed me a brand new, fresh from…

Week 7: Finding my feet

The week was looking to be a busy one with one colleague away at training all week, one off on Tuesday and Thursday, and me off Friday. Two of us were also to be on call together Monday, so I should have Tuesday afternoon off, but as the only one present, that wouldn’t be possible. …

SA Week 6 : Mdumbi

I got out of work a few hours early, leaving at 10:00 instead of the usual 13:00 post call time, but given I’d done 2 back to back on calls, I’d probably earned a full day off! I drove to the car dealership (the car saga continues) and a driver took me from there to…

South Africa Week 5

Life Last week was a bad week. My first on call – a baptism by fire, a stand off with a colleague, and being called to HR because there had been a mistake with my contract and the one I had been issued had an incorrect salary, the real one being around ยฃ10,000 per year…

SA Weeks 3-4

Life After working hard Monday-Friday, Friday the running water ran out at the hospital and we only had one clean instrument pack for theatre, but 3 caesareans to do, and that’s without planning for serious emergencies coming in later. We therefore ground to a bit of a halt and had to refer patients out to…

SA Weeks 1-2

Life I left Porthcawl at 10:30 on Sunday morning, flew out of Heathrow at 17:00, landed in Dubai for a quick changeover, and got to Johannesburg at 10:00 on Monday morning (South Africa is one hour ahead). I met a man from the bank to set up my account and sort out a mobile phone…