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'You can hear the shells are getting closer'

Maeve Sheehan


The diary of neurosurgery specialist registrar Dr John Duddy on working in the thick of a pandemic, as recounted to Maeve Sheehan

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Frontline: Dr John Duddy

Frontline: Dr John Duddy

Frontline: Dr John Duddy

I come into Beaumont Hospital kicking doors open and using my elbows to decant sanitiser from the dispenser. My first port of call is the changing rooms beside the operating theatre where I get into scrubs. I do a double take. The operating theatre doors are sealed up and covered with two huge signs saying: "Covid-19 ICU. No Entry."

This is new, I tell myself. In fact, I was a little shocked by this stark reminder that we are in a coronavirus world. The hospital is physically changing.

I work in the neurosurgery department, which has largely escaped the onslaught of Covid-19. Beaumont is a national referral centre for brain injury, which means cases come to us from all over the country and they don't stop for the coronavirus.