Everything has changed. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is far-reaching and will no doubt be long-lasting.
The way we are living our lives has changed, we all have had to adapt, including how we work. Despite all the changes and restrictions, as a breast cancer surgeon, I continue to go to the hospital and provide a breast cancer service as best as we can.
In this podcast episode, I take you behind the scenes where I describe what I do in a typical snapshot of a week. You’ll find out how so many things have changed.
For example, we are seeing fewer people in our one-stop breast clinics, whilst making sure we protect each other by wearing standard PPE (personal protective equipment).
If you want to learn more about what happens in a one-stop breast clinic, you can listen to this episode here.
To comply with physical distancing and lockdown, some of the clinics are being done remotely. So, instead of seeing patients face to face, we are doing the consultations over the telephone. It is not ideal, but for the time being I would say that this will be part of our normal daily clinical practice.
We are also reducing the number of patients we can operate on. This is due to the reconfiguration of services as well as to reduce the risk of virus transmission. Again, this is not ideal. However, rest assured that we are doing all we can in order to treat everyone who is going through cancer treatment. The sequence in which the treatment is given may change, but nobody will be left untreated.
The format of this episode was different from the usual solo or interview episodes I normally put out. If you enjoyed listening to this please connect on social media. You can find me on Twitter or Instagram @DrTashaG and let me know if you want more of these types of ‘behind the scenes episodes’.
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