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A rubbish day out

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 11 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4379
  1. Katherine Ngo, year 6 medical student
  1. 1University of Tasmania, Launceston Clinical School, Locked Bag 1377, Launceston, Australia

It was like a scene from Spider Man. We were standing atop a 20 metre feeding shoot as Doctor Octopus-type claws picked up, pivoted across, and dropped countless yellow and black bags in front of us. Breathing in the smell of accumulated rubbish, I found myself asking, “How did an Australian medical student end up at LondonWaste?”

I had been in the middle of my elective at the Royal London Hospital when a senior house officer who I had been relentlessly shadowing suggested the tour. I was intrigued: where do gloves, needles, and other waste go after we …

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