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Medical Science graduate working on NHS frontline hopes COVID-19 crisis will lead to positive change


After a year working in the Emergency Department of a busy Nottingham hospital, De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) graduate Amir Mahmood is no stranger to treating patients in a fast-paced environment. 

In his role as a Physician Associate at the Queens Medical Centre – part of Nottingham University Hospital Trust – Amir works across all areas of the Emergency Department, from minor illnesses and injuries to helping people with life-threatening conditions that require urgent treatment. 

Amir Mahmood

“The nature of emergency medicine is that we never know what is going to come through the door and no two days are the same,” explained the 26-year-old Medical Science graduate. “So in that aspect, my job hasn’t changed since the coronavirus outbreak. 

“What has changed, is that more people than ever before are recognising that the NHS is – and has always been – the treasure of our country.” 

Having graduated from DMU in 2015, Amir went on to train as a Physician Associate for two years at Sheffield Hallam University.  

“I can work in any clinical setting within any speciality, and my role is to support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients,” he explained.  

“When I finished my degree at DMU I decided I didn’t really want to work in a lab. I’m very much a people’s person so I decided to build on my Medical Science background and go into healthcare.” 

Amir is currently living in a Nottinghamshire hotel, after moving out of the family home to keep vulnerable relatives safe while he works on the frontline during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

“The hotel has opened especially for NHS workers, there are about 25 of us staying here,” he explained. “We are all so grateful and the staff have been so kind – they leave food for us and even left us Easter eggs outside our rooms, which was really nice.” 

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Like most hospitals, the emergency department at the Queens Medical Centre has been restructured with separate areas for coronavirus patients and non-coronavirus patients. There are also dedicated wellbeing rooms for staff to take time out and collect their thoughts. 

“We all have difficult days but everyone is in this together and team morale is pretty high – I wouldn’t be able to do my job if it wasn’t for the people I work with,” said Amir.  

“It’s also really overwhelming to see so much support across the country but for me and my colleagues, we don’t really feel like we are doing anything that we wouldn’t normally do.  

“I just really hope this brings positive change for the NHS. The NHS has always been under massive amounts of pressure and it has been taken for granted for so many years.”

Posted on Thursday 30th April 2020

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