I can’t drive a HGV but I have many other skills – Opinion piece

(Opinion piece written in September 2021) The shortage of HGV drivers has interested me greatly. The public out-cry, the governments eagerness to change visa’s, offer short term contracts. Yet according to the Royal Collage of Nursing we currently have an estimated shortage of 50,000 Nurses in England and Wales. Of the nurses we do currentlyContinue reading “I can’t drive a HGV but I have many other skills – Opinion piece”

A Year Of Covid Gone By (poem)

A poem written on the first anniversary of the UK’s start of lockdown. (March 2021) This poem is part of the Royal Society of Literary Write Across London project (https://rsliterature.org/write-across-london) A year of Covid gone by. I remember my first covid patient and how I cleared a path in my full PPE shutting down theContinue reading “A Year Of Covid Gone By (poem)”

Behind Closed Doors: A Nursing Memoir

May 2020 (Short listed for the Yeovil Literary Writing Without Restrictions Prize 2021) My colleagues and I hadn’t taken it seriously, we were almost a little cocky, ‘Yeah. Yeah, we’ve seen H1N1, we’ve seen SARS, we’ve nursed in pandemics before’ So we carried on, until very quickly our office became an incident command center, execsContinue reading “Behind Closed Doors: A Nursing Memoir”

My daughter dances: Christmas Eve 2019

It’s Christmas eve. I knew early on that we wouldn’t be seeing our family this year. I, unlike many others had not listened to the false promises of Boris and his friends. Christmas was never going to be ok. It was never going to be safe. To lead so many along until the last minuteContinue reading “My daughter dances: Christmas Eve 2019”