This evening, when you are clapping, cheering and clanging saucepans to thank all frontline workers, here are two more of our very own NHS Hero alumnae to bear in mind.
Gayatri Saxena (class of 2011) is a doctor at Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospitals, working in Haematology and Oncology. She says “The majority of our patients are vulnerable and high risk, which has meant a staggering transformation in the way we work to take care of cancer patients.”
In addition, she often works in ICU at the Royal Surrey County Hospital where they also care for a high number of COVID-19 patients because of the elderly demographic in and around Guildford.
Gayatri is close friends with fellow medical alumna Zahra Legris (also from the class of 2011) and they have been supporting each other through this challenging period. Zahra has been working as a Psychiatry doctor in South London, but has decided to return to Dublin, where she attended medical school, to continue her higher training.
Gayatri adds: “This has been a very difficult time for the Psychiatry specialty, with huge psychological fallout from COVID-19 for both staff and current patients, as well as the general public.”
Keep up the good work Gayatri and Zahra, we are so proud of you, and truly grateful for the vital work you do on all our behalves.
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