About Me….

Welcome to Medical Marbles and thankyou for taking the time to have a look.

I am a doctor and a mum, striving to maintain that all important work-life balance. Eight years out of those hedonistic med school days, now a GP trainee juggling jobs, exams and my fun-loving kids……..I really wouldn’t have it any other way. Welcome!

Follow me on my journey with the stories along the way.

I welcome all feedback and hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoy writing it!

5 thoughts on “About Me….

  1. Hi,enjoy reading your blogs.my wife is a nurse practitioner/prescriber and I’m a London taxi driver,we have 3 daughters,our eldest ,15,very much wants to go to med school to become a doctor,at present she’s getting very good grades at gcse,(due to working extremely hard),and will be taking a levels in chemistry,biology,Maths and Latin.
    We would very much appreciate any advice that you could give us please.she works in a charity shop every sat am for couple hrs and will be 16 in August when we’ll try to get her on our local hospital volunteering programme.
    Any input gratefully received
    Many thanks
    Paul heatley

    • Hi Paul,
      Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and get in touch. I would highly recommend a medical career, it is a privilege to do what I do and think your daughter has made a good choice! I am obviously biased!
      Good GCSE and A-Level results are obviously a pre-requisite and it sounds as though she will achieve these. I do practice interviews for medical school and am always amazed by the high standard of UCAS forms but these don’t necessarily equate to offers being made. In my experience an awful lot hinges on the UKCAT score. This is a cognitive/reasoning test. If this is high enough it is only then that everything else comes in to play. For example work experience, I did a week away with Winged Fellowship after first year of A-levels, a week in the hospital and voluntary work in a childrens hospice. It’s a bit like playing a game and jumping through the right hoops.
      I wish your daughter all the best and if you have any further questions please feel free to email me at medicalmarbles@gmail.com


  2. Dr Ward, what do you think about current advice from NICE about home births compared to births in hospital in order to avoid medical interventions from doctors?

    • I’m not really sure where the evidence base for this is. I am a huge advocate of the mum being able to move freely round her environment as this helps to progress labour and reduce the need for intervention in many cases. But….and it really is a big but….things can go wrong and very quickly during delivery. If an obstetrician isn’t on hand within minutes to perform an instrumental delivery or Caesarian then the outcome can be catastrophic.
      A lot of this of course depends on monitoring at intervals regular enough to pick up the drop in heartbeat, realise it is sustained and act promptly.
      I chose to have both of my children in a midwifery-led unit. I wanted the knowledge and expertise of this specialist group, knowing from my professional experience, there was no one better to help with a normal delivery. But I made sure this midwifery-led unit was in a centre providing level 3 neonatal care and this was just down the corridor…..

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