My new normal: Dr Hilary Ruth Nash

Since the Covid-19 pandemic hit, as well as running my usual GP clinics, I have been working shifts in my local ICU department, helping to manage critically ill patients.Working at either extreme of the crisis has given me a very unique perspective on this new and frightening disease. Still, this a part of what every NHS worker has accepted, in order to be able to do their work and serve their patients. The NHS is built upon the talent and dedication of its wonderful nurses, healthcare assistants, porters, cleaners, pharmacists, doctors, physiotherapists, technicians and administrators.They have formed an army to fight this pandemic, and I am proud to be a part of it. The most significant challenge has been… trying to get my head around the invisible adversary we are faced with, and the unknown nature of this new disease. Also, part of the reason I left the speciality of anaesthetics and intensive care many years ago was because I witnessed a lot of tragedy and this deeply affected me. The three most important values that will see any business through adversity are… good communication, empathy and that all-important sense of humour. The biggest change I hope we’ll see in my industry post-crisis is… more respect and appreciation for the incredible nursing staff in the NHS.