Dr Namubo Syatwinda is a junior doctor training to be a GP. She is six weeks into a four-month placement on the LOROS Inpatient Ward.
“I think it’s really important to see palliative care up close if you’re going to be a GP. You need to be well-informed so you can support your patients and offer them services which can help them. It’s not enough to have a rough idea.
“I’ve already learnt so much here. I wasn’t aware of the breadth of services available at LOROS – I didn’t know there was a counselling, day therapy, complementary therapy or breathlessness clinics. Now I know I can refer patients on to these services.
“Hospice care looks at the patient as a whole and treats them holistically, and as a GP, I do that too. It’s not just their physical health but psychological and social aspects too which are so important. These two branches of medicine complement each other well.
“It’s a big responsibility being a GP and particularly prescribing pain relief. But from working here at LOROS I feel much more confident about it. I know what to do. I’m really glad I had the opportunity to come here.”