A spot of bother

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 22 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:634
  1. Simon Pirie, paediatric specialist registrar, Gloucester Royal Hospital
  1. pirie_simon{at}

    That Easter weekend I was on four night shifts. The first night was busy, and I went to sleep early the next day, but typically I was awake again within an hour and a half: a fire alarm had been set off by someone cooking in the hospital accommodation. “Good start,” I thought.

    I eventually got back to sleep, but when I woke up that evening I felt the familiar scratchy throat and slight ache that generally heralds a viral illness. I went to work hoping it would pass, but, as the evening progressed, I rapidly got worse. My main anxiety was that I had two more nights which would be …

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