My placement at the Evelina Children’s Hospital (part of St Thomas’ Hospital London SE1) has been a great learning experience. I’ve been working along side the respiratory team which covers the Paediatric Intensive care unit, high dependency unit and general wards. This involved having the opportunity to transfer my learning from the paediatric, respiratory, critical care and cardiac modules at University to a practical environment in order to assess and treat critically ill patients with complex medical conditions.
As the Evelina is a specialist hospital for congenital heart conditions, I also got the opportunity to observe cardiac surgery which was extremely interesting.
After this placement I would definitely consider working with children once I’m qualified. I’ve also really enjoyed the respiratory part of the placement and look forward to working in this area again maybe with adults next time to continue my learning.