Why NHS staff areas are full of food and fun.

IMG_0227Ever watched one born every minute? Forget the babies and vagina’s, there’s guaranteed to be a donut in a midwife’s mouth and a belly laugh across the room from another’s at some point throughout that programme. Therefore, I am happy to inform you that the social aspect of a hospital environment is one of the few ‘real’ reflections that TV shows televise. Ok, so I’m no midwife, but I am a radiographer who treats cancer and if I manage to witness happiness between my colleagues in dealing with one of the worlds most sensitive subjects, then I’m 99.9% sure the rest of the hospital’s staff rooms or control areas adopt the same coping mechanism. *Spoiler alert* : we do actually work, bloody hard, for a lot of hours and we all have an achilles heel that can show itself every now and then so the scenes described here are the snippets of our day, not the entirety by any means!! Oh & we’re really good at multitasking. Finally, a topic I actually feel qualified to talk about.

Whether your the cleaners or the consultant, chances are you’ll know how to make light of a bad situation and won’t get offended easily. So how can it be such a barrel of laughs in such a professional, responsible and tiring job where long hours and tired feet are usually the descriptions associated with nurses and doctors? Welcome to the flip side, let me explain…..

                                                                                   (Firstly, you make some awesome pals ^^^)

1. You enter the NHS because you have a kind heart. There are very few individuals I’ve met who didn’t join this career without wanting to ‘help’. Continuous pressure and years of service can sometimes cause their exterior to appear a little hazy, but deep down it’s always there and every day longing to come out, to which fresh faces help circulate. Therefore your already surrounding yourself with good people – all from very different walks of life, with amazing talents and interests outside of their profession. You can never do something without someone else having experienced it, meaning there’s a story to be told at every corner.

2. People skills. By now, you know how to calm someone in a state of anxiety down within a few minutes of ever meeting them, so this ease of being around new faces means meeting new colleagues or members of staff comes naturally. You learn to make a joke with someone you met a few hours into your shift – the result of that… everyone feels welcomed and willing to poke fun at you knowing that you won’t take offence from it.

3. Everyone works hard. Nobody makes this a career unless they have already pushed themselves beyond capabilities they knew they had. The human body itself is a tough enough subject to learn about and lets face it, you didn’t put yourself through all that training for the pay packet. Sure, there’s opportunity to make considerably good money but you’ll sacrifice your soul at times to feel like those new curtains were worth it, although it’s unlikely you’ll get time to actually put them up. So why is this a positive? Because your work ethic is what keeps your team going when your all feeling the strain and having the principle of working hard built into your bones means you won’t want to let each other down. The result of this = you cover for each other when one wants a cup of tea and the other a poop.

4. There’s no fear in talking about the secret parts of your body. You feel less self conscious in this environment because ain’t nobody got time to wake up in the middle of the night to put a face on ready to make a 7am 10 hour shift – you all look scruffy together and it puts you at ease. Trust me, someone’s hair is still wet from their last minute shower, someone’s probably forgot to brush their teeth and someone else will have put an item of clothing on inside out because it was too dark at that time of the morning to see, or be bothered to turn a light on. Besides that, there’s no shame in admitting you need a toilet break because your tampons getting full.

5. There’s always someone who’s good at massages. This ones simple, your on your feet constantly, running from one patient to another, grabbing one awkward piece of equipment to the next and end up pulling things you didn’t know existed. No fear, there’s always someone ok with being tactile and getting their fingers in-between your creases.

6. Your hungry all the time. By the time 12pm rolls around, you’ve been awake almost 7 hours and haven’t sat down for 6 of them, so yeah you get hungry. Fortunately, many people are grateful for your care and dizzy from watching you skip past them multiple times in the last 30 mins they’ve been sat waiting for their turn that they kindly gift you with fuel that usually comes in the form of something sugary.  Add this to the fact that out of a team of 80 people, its pretty much always someones birthday.

7. Your a team all day. Not only does the work you carry out rely on the last person doing their bit correctly, but you lean on one another all day to perform the simplest of tasks, such as trying to keep on time. Obvious statement: if your patients are seen late, then your home late (trust me, we don’t want to keep you waiting any longer than you do, but you’d rather we didn’t make mistakes by rushing). Lastly, if you have made a mistake, which we all have – there’s someone to reassure you that it wasn’t as stupid as theirs.


So there you have it folks, 7 reasons that warrant endless cups of tea, cake and story sharing. If you think you have what it takes to present the best victoria sponge then all applicants welcome via NHS jobs.

A x

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