At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, we actually didn’t have any confirmed particular therapies to assist these sufferers and I keep in mind vividly the scenes broadcast from China and subsequently Italy. So, I realised from the outset that contributing to analysis to establish the most effective therapies for sufferers was critically essential.
In addition to offering medical look after sufferers with COVID-19, I additionally lead the supply of our analysis research into COVID-19 in sufferers on the wards which concerned research therapies that would assist stop sufferers getting worse and cut back the danger of demise from the situation.
I used to be in a position to work with the unbelievable crew of analysis nurses and pharmacists on the GRI Medical Analysis Facility. As well as, many medical trainees and advisor colleagues went out of their option to be a part of the analysis crew and allow us to ship trials throughout a interval of already actually vital medical stress.
I’ve by no means skilled an entire hospital response in such a method earlier than and really feel very happy with Glasgow Royal Infirmary’s contribution to Covid-19 analysis.
However importantly, I’ll at all times keep in mind and be humbled by the sufferers, who themselves have been unwell with Covid-19, however agreed to take part in medical trials – with out them we wouldn’t now have efficient therapies for covid-19.
Undoubtedly these sufferers have helped save the lives of others and I believe they’re really superb for what they’ve carried out.
Out with the hospital, the pandemic introduced, like for a lot of, plenty of private challenges – together with lack of family members, separation from household, and home-schooling younger youngsters. For me, operating supplied welcome train and stress reduction, with myself and two fellow respiratory consultants operating a marathon for charity when lockdown eased.
The final yr has been the hardest of my profession, however I’ll eternally keep in mind and be happy with the superb professionals I labored with in analysis and medical care throughout the pandemic. Their resilience, dedication, compassion, and mutual help has made a lot doable.