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11th May 2020

Life on the Coronavirus Front Line

Dr. Navin Leanage (07) in PPE (left) and with his ITU team (second from right, crouching)

Members of Oakham School’s Medical and Biology Societies were privileged to participate in a special seminar where Old Oakhamian Dr Navin Leanage (07) talked about his first-hand experience battling Coronavirus on the NHS frontline.

The online event, hosted by teacher of Biology, Dr Andrew Nicoll, was attended virtually by 25 Form 5 & 6 pupils from Oakham and Harington Schools who gained a thought-provoking insight into the life of a doctor involved in fighting the pandemic.

Dr Leanage is a trainee in emergency medicine but has been deployed to the Intensive Treatment Unit at Glenfield Hospital. Over the course of the seminar, Dr Leanage discussed his career path thus far, as well as sharing his thoughts and emotions on treating Covid patients in very pressurised circumstances.  Some of the many challenges include having to wear extensive PPE for many hours at a time, which can cause migraines and pressure sores, and working with the constant threat of infection from his ITU patients.

Dr Leanage paid tribute to his colleagues saying, “We are all in this together and keep each other positive when times are extremely tough.” Dr Leanage’s passion for medicine has not been diminished by his experience either. “Despite the pressure, my team and I work well together, and I love my job.” he added.

In addition to being a trainee in Emergency Medicine in the East Midlands Deanery, Dr Navin Leanage is an honorary fellow at Leicester Medical School. In 2016, his Junior Emergency Medicine (JEM) initiative led to him being honoured with a Widening Participation Award, as well as the Frank Harris Award for his work in widening participation and staff-student relationship development; also in 2016, he was nominated to be a Health Education England Widening Participation Ambassador.

We thank Dr Leanage for his hard work and dedication, and for giving up his precious spare time to chat with our prospective doctors.




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