John
Quick facts

From Glasgow
Lives in Llandudno
Enjoys walking the dog and the seaside

Where are you originally from?

Glasgow

Where do you live now?

Llandudno

What attracted you to the area?

Beautiful scenery; attractive job; affordable housing; good road links

What do you / your family enjoy doing in your free time in North Wales?

Walking the dog; the seaside; visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites with visitors. 

What do you like best about working for the Health Board here in North Wales?

It is the right size: big enough to have the majority of services but small enough to be an individual. Development opportunities: there is a sense of momentum, and of things happening. It is possible to have a significant degree of responsibility in a relatively short space of time.

What does a typical working day involve?

In hospital I look after the ICU, which has recently opened. We are developing rapidly, and in the last 2 years have been approved for training, have introduced citrate anticoagulation for Renal Replacement Therapy, and have introduced bedside echocardiography, resulting in a publication.

With the Wales Air Ambulance I assist with roadside trauma and hot transfers. We have prehospital blood, RSI capability, and ultrasound/POC. The Air Ambulance is expanding, and takes delivery of 3 brand-new EC-145 airframes next year.

What development and support have you received?

The hospital have supported me with time to help at the Wales Air Ambulance, and in developing the ICU. We have a fantastic critical care network which provides logistical, admin and managerial support to develop services, and a consultant foundation programme to help new consultants find their feet. 

What are the top 3 things that make your job so special?

Friendly, helpful colleagues. The capacity to really make a difference, and being at the forefront of significant developments in healthcare in the region.

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