Hats off to Forth Valley junior doctors fighting Covid

More than 40 junior doctors, some of whom left university early to join the Covid-19 fight, took part in a special celebration event at Forth Valley Royal Hospital last week.

Monday, 10th August 2020, 7:06 am
04-08-2020. Picture Michael Gillen. NHS Forth Valley’s Medical Trainee Celebration and Graduation Ceremony to recognise the achievements and contribution made by the trainee doctors, many of whom left university early to help respond to coronavirus pandemic.

The event included a prize giving and award ceremony to recognise the outstanding contribution made by a number of trainees during their placements and staff involved in their training. No formal ceremonies were able to take place earlier this year.

NHS Forth Valley’s medical director Andrew Murray, who spoke at the event, said: “These doctors started early during the acute phase of the pandemic and their dedication has been second to none.

“They have all been exceptional in exceptional circumstances and they should be extremely proud of the role they have played.

“This event is our way of saying thank you for the contribution they have made and the support they have given to colleagues during this very challenging time.”

Dr Nick Barwell, consultant endocrinologist, NHS Forth Valley, also shared some tips and advice for the doctors as they embark on their new careers. He said: “Being a doctor is the best job in the world and a tremendous privilege but it also comes with huge responsibilities to care for people at all the key stages in their lives.

“Remember the importance of team work, always treat patients and their families with compassion and never be afraid to ask for advice or support.”