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Working at sporting events

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 11 July 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k2952
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Working as a doctor at a sporting event can be both challenging and fun, so it is best to be prepared, finds Abi Rimmer

Think like a goalkeeper

James S Thambyrajah, First5 lead GP for Royal College of General Practitioners South West Thames Faculty, says, “I have been a St Johns Ambulance volunteer doctor for eight years. I often work at Lords cricket ground and at the All England Lawn Tennis Club during Wimbledon. Over the years you naturally form bonds with colleagues. I often coordinate my shifts with paramedic friends as we have great rapport and, more importantly, we know how to work well as a team.

“I prepare for each job by adopting the mindset of a goalkeeper—maintaining focus throughout periods of stillness and sudden environmental changes. Often you need to spring into action for an ‘on the line save’ (an emergency). On my most recent shifts I had to manage a head injury, epistaxis, acute cholecystitis, seizures, and myocardial infarction.

“When working at a sporting event it helps to think about your work environment. For example, Wimbledon has 39 000 spectators within the …

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