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28 December 2010

Working Christmas/New Year

We are down to a skeleton staff of four nurses. We have no doctors, cleaners, receptionists or aboriginal liaison officers and between us we are trying to run a 24 hour service.

Yesterday, Rob and I were on call (our 2 remaining colleagues were on a much needed day off, having worked Christmas and Boxing Day) and in our 24 hours we: flew a girl out with a possible ectopic, sedated a 8 year old child and reduced his displaced Colles fracture (again, thank goodness for a book) and also flew him out, sutured up a head, managed an aggressive and intoxicated man, administered rabies prophylaxis to a lady who was unfortunately bitten 14 times by a bat, and also saw 31 other patients with various other complaints. And the clinic is actually closed except for emergencies.

It is not boding well for New Years Eve.

5 comments:

  1. Eve, you are awesome. Merry Christmas my friend. Hope New Years is a little less adventurous.

    Thinking of you lots.
    G

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  2. Best get the berroca into you both!!
    Best of luck!

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  3. Wow. How amazing! you guys are doing such a great job! missing you both in DEM.

    \Nic

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  4. Bitten 14 times by a bat?! That IS unfortunate.

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