What will be your duties be over Christmas this year, and what hours are you working?
This year, on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day I’ll be helping patients across the region from 8.30am to 6pm. On Boxing Day I’ll be working the evening shift. Although its Christmas, we are still fully operational just like any other day.
Have you ever worked on Christmas Day before, and how are you feeling about it this year?
I’ve worked on Christmas Day in the Emergency Department before, but not with my TVAA colleagues. Every day on shift with TVAA is different, challenging and a real honour. I’d love to spend it with my family and pregnant wife but doing my job is a very close second!
Who would you normally spend the day with?
My family – Mum, Dad, Brother and Wife. The in-laws normally pop round for a breakfast bite too! I’m super lucky to have such a close-knit, supportive and fabulous family.
What does it mean to you to work on Christmas Day as a TVAA Doctor?
Everyday working as a doctor for TVAA in emergency medical care is a real privilege, even over Christmas. I feel truly honoured to work alongside such well-trained, committed and skilled team of paramedics, doctors and pilots. As much as we hope that everybody stays safe, we will be ready to deliver pre-hospital emergency care throughout the festive period.
Will you get to do the normal Christmas Day things on another day, like Boxing Day?
Boxing Day is even more special as its also my birthday too! Its Jamesmas Day! As I’m on shift that day too, my Mum is going to make an early combined Christmas/birthday dinner for me a few days before… you can’t beat Mum’s turkey with all the trimmings!