Name: Ratna Merugumalla
Position: Consultant in Emergency Medicine, NorthWest Anglia NHS Foundation Trust
Tell us a little about what your job involves:
As a consultant in Emergency Medicine, I diagnose and treat a wide range of emergency cases whilst providing leadership and direction to all shop-floor activity. I help make strategic decisions to ensure patient safety, clinical effectiveness and a seamless patient experience.
So, on a clinical shift, I see trauma (anything from high speed car crashes to injuries sustained at home), heart attacks, strokes, seizures, mental health crises, pregnancy related emergencies, and children with fevers to name a few. I like the variety of cases my job gives me – one minute I could be talking to a 100 year-old patient and the next minute I could be resuscitating a neonate!
When I am not seeing patients, I chair and attend meetings to work in partnership with representatives from other departments in the hospital and with external agencies that work with our hospital. I mentor and supervise doctors training in Emergency Medicine for them to be geared up as tomorrow’s consultants.
My job gives me the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and in unique circumstances. I consider it to be an immense privilege to be able to make a difference in their lives.