A life on the ocean wave
Imagine fresh sea air, luxurious surroundings, and a different shoreline each morning. Add unpredictability, adventure, and the scope to develop professionally and you have the unpredictable yet exciting life of a ship's doctor, says Kaji Sritharan
The Aurora can best be described as a floating five star hotel with a twist. Equipped with state of the art medical technology, it boasts six wards, a high dependency unit, an intensive care unit, and a fully functional theatre. It also has a laboratory with facilities for performing a wide array of blood tests and scope for simple radiological investigations, such as ultrasound and x ray examinations. Digitally generated images can be transmitted via satellite to a specialist reporting service based at the University of Galveston in Texas. Impressively, the laboratory and radiology facilities are all manned by the ship's medical staff.
Invited aboard the Aurora, I asked senior ship's doctor, Lynn Gordon, what life was really like on the high seas. “It's a really challenging job,” says Gordon, who has worked in maritime medicine for over eight years. “If you need to transfuse a patient then it's up