What do you want to be when you get older?
Kingston University London 2009-2011. KES specialist sixth form in Norfolk 2007-2009
BSc Hons Biomedical Science
University College Hospital London (Current) Queen Elizabeth Hospital Norfolk (2009-2012)
Haematologist and Blood transfusion Scientist
Favourite thing to do in my job: Looking at blood under a microscope is very cool! When somebody needs blood in emergencies such as car crashes, stabbings, or accidents where lots of blood is lost, and in patients with long term diseases is also a challenge to cope with.
I Investigate how people get illnesses and diseases from the blood doctors and surgeons send to our laboratory.
Every day is different in my work as I can be in different departments, At the moment I go to the macmillian cancer centre once a week, where we have a brand new analyser that can count all the types of cell in the body; this helps dotors that see the patients on the same day and know how much medicine they need and how bad their disease is getting.
I also work in the automation laboratory which is made up of 5 analysers on a belt that feeds samples from sick patients to the analysers, the samples are the taken and blood films are spread if they need extra work. Blood films are interesting to look at as you can tell what is wrong with the patient by the way their cells look.
Also I work in transfusion where we have fridges full of blood that can be given to all people. We also test everyones blood especially pregnant women because if they have different blood than their baby it can put the baby in danger.
I really enjoy my job and learn new things everyday.
My Typical Day
A busy, hectic mix of different jobs where I learn lots of new things.
Everyday I start at 8 or 9 in the morning and work until 5.
I have met lots of nice poeple at my work and we have a big staff room where people bring their lunches.
Im usually based in the laboratory and make sure everything is running smoothly, we run the samples on our analysers and blood samples that need to be looked at in more detail are singled out and invesigated, this is when we may check if the blood has a clot in in, or to look at the cells.
In the transfusion laboratory we give blood to people that need it such as ladies that lose blood giving birth, car crashes or even people with cancer because the treatment they are on can wipe out their blood cells.
Some days in in the coagulation department here we check that a persons blood clots properly, so that when people injure themselves and bleed, the body is able to clot and stop the bleed, there are many different dieseases to do with coagulation and we are a specialised centre meaning we do alot of tests that normal hospitals do not.
Everyday is different, and every day I learn. This is why I love my job.
What I'd do with the prize money
I would donate it to the UCLH hospital Cancer centre, to aid them in buying a new apheresis machine to help people with Sickle cell disease and Blood disorders.
Here at UCLH there are many people with disorders that make their blood have the wrong percentage of components in, with this wrong percentage and more of what we shouldnt have in our blood it can collect and kill people very very quickly, we have a 24h service for people that come into hospital at any time of the day with symptoms that look like it could kill them and they are rigged up to this machine which replaces the wrong component with the right components. This gives the patients alot more chance of surviving.
I will give my £500 toward a new apheresis machine for the cancer centre to help people that are in danger of dying.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Fun, outgoing and happy
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Saved peoples lives, and made people quality of life better.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
My friends mum took me to where she worked. In a laboratory, I found it very interesting and enjoyed my experience.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes a little. But I realised being naughty stops you from being your best.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
PE teacher or a singer, I won a karaoke competition once :)
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
Fajitas made by my best friend nicola mmmm
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I walked around one of the highest towers in china!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To be happy healthy and my family and friends to be the same
Tell us a joke.
Why did the chicken cross the road???? To see his flatmate hahaha