I first came up to the North East in 2002 to start studying Medicine at the Universities of Durham and Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Little did I know then, that 16 years later, I would have fallen in love with the region and settled here for the long term. I’d been used to moving around a lot when I was growing up, having lived in North America and continental Europe for 10 years in the run up to medical school, so it’s been really nice to finally lay down some roots.
From the time I decided to apply to Med School, I always knew that I wanted to work in Paediatrics, and having qualified as a doctor back in 2007, I’ve finally finished training this year and have recently taken up a post as a paediatric consultant in the region. Throughout these years of training, I’ve been posted to a number of different hospitals across the North East, working on general paediatric wards, and neonatal and paediatric intensive care units, and I’ve had the pleasure to work with many incredible teams of people, all focused on caring for sick children and their families.
Although my work now focuses in general paediatrics, I’ve spent three years of my training working on neonatal intensive care units in the south of our region, and this has given me invaluable insight into the journey of babies born very prematurely, babies born unwell at term, and of course, the journey of their families and loved ones.
In my spare time, my partner and I spend a lot of time out and about with our flat-coated retriever, George, through whom we’ve gained a new-found appreciation of the great outdoors, and we now regularly visit the countryside across the UK on walking holidays (usually with a good pub along the way). I also help my partner and close friend in the running of their arts and crafts business, which involves creating and maintaining a social media presence and running an online store, as well as helping at events across the country.
Running has always been a good way for me to de-stress outside of work and I’ve tried to put it to good use too by raising money for various charities (including the James Cook Neonatal Unit/Maisie’s Hope, NSPCC, CF Trust, AfriKids, Scope and Shelter), through many Great North Runs (each one always being ‘the last time I do this’), the Tees Pride Run and the Royal Parks Half-Marathon in London.
Time to start fundraising for Leo’s!