In at the deep end: Student medics on the NHS front line

  • Video report by Fiona Marley Paterson.

During the coronavirus crisis, thousands of student doctors graduated early to help with the pandemic.

Abi Ogden, from Warwick, was one of these trainee medics who started her career on the front line of a national emergency.

She was two weeks in to her first placement, in the A&E department at the West Cumberland Hospital, when the virus hit the UK.

Abigail Ogden trained as a Physician Associate at UCLan before starting in A&E in Whitehaven Credit: ITV News

She told ITV Border: "There has been times when it was a little bit scary, especially for someone as newly qualified as me.

"All the guidance was changing daily so every day it was a different gloves here; visors; goggles; and obviously it's already quite scary starting a new role and you're already a bit nervous, a bit anxious around patients but when you're head to toe in PPE it's kind of escalated a little bit.

"It's been quite scary, but it's definitely settled down now and I'm starting to feel more confident in my role."

Abi trained a Physician Associate for two years at the Cumbrian branch of the University of Central Lancashire.

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