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View from the front line: Hospital doctors share their experiences of working on COVID-19 wards

Junior doctor Dr Bogdan Chiva Giurca discusses how he contracted the virus while working on a COVID-19 ward

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrust doctors – both just qualified and experienced – into extraordinary circumstances.

In this article, we speak to two hospital doctors currently working in hospitals in the UK about what it’s been like to treat patients with the virus, and working in unprecedented conditions.

Dr Bogdan Chiva Giurca, a junior doctor who worked on a COVID-19 ward in April at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, talks to the College of Medicine about coping with the intensity of a health crisis in the early stages of his career – and the ‘mixed messages’ about PPE during those early weeks of the crisis.

He also discusses the launch of a new campaign, Pre-Medicus, which is helping support and encourage the next generation of doctors via a series of online lectures and events during lockdown.

 The Pre-Medicus Campaign is a new online resource that aims to help doctors of the future access vital information during lock-down

We also hear from Dr Scott Rice, in conversation with College of Medicine Vice President Dr Harry Brunjes. Watch both videos below:

DR BOGDAN CHIVA GIURCA


DR SCOTT RICE, SPEAKING TO THE COLLEGE OF MEDICINE VICE PRESIDENT, DR HARRY BRUNJES

Dr Scott Rice is a Consultant Interventional Radiologist who normally works at both Northwick Park Hospital in London and University College London.

Consultant intervention radiologist Dr Scott Rice has been working in the ICU at Northwick Park Hospital in London during the crisis. In the video below, he talks about the realities of life on the front line

In recent weeks, however, he’s been working full-time on an intensive care unit at Northwick Park Hospital.

Below, he talks frankly about his experiences during ‘unprecedented’ times and how his days have been upturned.