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"I have worked as an Advanced Practitioner in Ultrasound at York Hospital for the last 17 years, operating primarily as a Sonographer.

"From as far back as I can remember, I always wanted to work in the medical field, it was just a question of which discipline I would end up in. By the time I reached my teenage years it soon became clear to me that a career in radiology was the one for me. After a number of broken bones and several visits to the x-ray department, the signs were there that visual screening was always going to be my calling!

"I joined the Trust immediately after university and have been here ever since. From the off it’s been a pleasure to work at a Trust where comradery and teamwork has always been so strong. From consultants to clinicians, through to the patients themselves and the many different characters we come across, I’ve always been part of great teams and for that I’m thankful.

"In my role as a Sonographer, every day is different. This is something I’m sure is true in a lot of roles in the NHS, but it’s something I really appreciate about the job and feel lucky to have. Day-to-day my role sees me perform several ultrasound tests of a particular area of the body, based on a Dr’s order.  I’ll then direct high-frequency sound waves to the desired area of the patient's body via the ultrasound equipment to create a clear image of the area for analysis and diagnosis.

"Showing a family their baby for the first time, or solving a problem that only a scan can help with, gives me a great sense of satisfaction and being able to give patients those tangible answers, in a world where it isn’t always possible, is a great feeling to have.

"The role has changed a lot in my time here with a lot of technological advancements in the field. The biggest change however, has been the evolution of the role to one of relative autonomy. Where once we had to have doctors sign off on everything, recent years have seen us become sole practitioners, taking on all aspects needed to give patients a proper and thorough diagnosis.

"I’ve been lucky enough to have had a lot of good advice passed on to me through the years, but the one I often remember most is to have an open mind and take every day as a different challenge and the chance for a unique experience – I feel fortunate that my role, and the NHS as a whole, gives me the opportunity to live by those words."

02 May 2018

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