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So this is Christmas

  • By: Isobel Weinberg
  • Published: 21 December 2012
  • DOI: 10.1136/sbmj.e8519
  • Cite this as: Student BMJ 2012;20:e8519


Welcome to our Christmas issue. As a medical student, you’re probably looking longingly at your winter vacation as it inches slowly towards you. At long last, a chance to take a break from the books, ditch lectures, and escape the 8 am surgical ward round. Once you’ve qualified, though, you won’t be so lucky. Hospitals don’t close for Christmas. In his Careers article (p 24), Guy Rughani interviews the doctors, nurses, and porters who keep a hospital running on 25 December. They aren’t thrilled about having to work while others celebrate, but they cope with doggedness and a large dose of humour. One midwife explains that she gets a spike in anxious phone calls from expectant mothers after lunch time. “They think the aches and pains mean that they are in labour, but it is usually just the turkey,” she comments drily.

It’s not just obstetric wards that see

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