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"I started with the Trust in 1981 after completing a degree in chemistry at York University. I wanted to put my science degree to good use and this sounded like an interesting opportunity; 37 years later I’m still here. My job is to prepare radioactive drugs and administer them to patients for diagnostic imaging purposes. The drugs make abnormal areas of the body appear different to normal areas, and the gamma camera is used to detect gamma rays emitted by the radioactive drugs in a patient’s body and produce images.

"I like the variety of my role and helping patients leave happier than when they arrived. Keeping the patient at ease during what can be a disorienting and stressful procedure is really important to me and I like to spend time with each patient to make sure they feel calm and reassured. An appointment can last anything from 10 minutes to over an hour.

"I remember the first patient I injected; he was an alcoholic vicar and quite a character, who came for regular scans. Once when I went to administer his radioactive injection, I found him in one of the then smoking rooms with a bottle of sherry on the go. He kindly offered me a ‘tipple’, which I gently declined!"

26 March 2018

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