Hats Off to Forth Valley Junior Doctors

More than 40 junior doctors, some of whom left University early to join the fight against coronavirus, took part in a special celebration event at Forth Valley Royal Hospital to thank them for their support over the last few months.

The event included a prize giving and award ceremony to recognise the outstanding contribution made by a number of trainees during their placements and staff involved in their training. Mortar board hats and gifts were also supplied by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow to enable a number of the trainees, who had left University early, to mark their graduation. No formal graduation ceremonies were able to take place this year due to the pandemic. Others who were already training in the hospital were redeployed to critical areas to help respond to Covid-19.

NHS Forth Valley’s Medical Director Andrew Murray, who spoke at the event, said: “These doctors started early during the acute phase of the pandemic and their dedication has been second to none. They have all been exceptional in exceptional circumstances and they should be extremely proud of the role they have played.

“This event is our way of saying thank you for the contribution they have made and the support they have given to colleagues during this very challenging time.”

Dr Nick Barwell, Consultant Endocrinologist, NHS Forth Valley also shared some tips and advice for the doctors as they embark on their new careers. He said: “Being a doctor is the best job in the world and a tremendous privilege but it also comes with huge responsibilities to care for people at all the key stages in their lives.”

“Remember the importance of team work, always treat patients and their families with compassion and never be afraid to ask for advice or support.”