I am a family doctor, working in London. To say my work has been a little stressful recently would not even come close to describing how I have been feeling lately. It has been overwhelming; new guidelines coming in at a rate of knots, new software, new procedures.
All the things I am used to in my everyday job have gone out of the window and I’ve had to get used to totally new ways of dealing with patients. Although I am not currently seeing patients face to face, so there is less fear of catching covid-19, I have had to learn how to talk to patients, new and old, over the phone or on video calls, without the option of calling them in or going to see them in person.
I have to admit that I have struggled on many days to even get out of the house. Really struggled. I have faffed, gone back into the kitchen, faffed some more. I have checked I have all my things. I have gone towards the door. And then retreated. Anything to avoid leaving the house. But with less traffic on the roads, and fewer people on the pavements, I have decided to walk to work more and more.
My walk takes 25 minutes and goes through some surprisingly leafy parts of London. And I have taken my camera on the odd occasion, to meditate and help me focus on the beauty of my surroundings, unchanged amid the chaos. It’s been a welcome distraction. Here are some of the pictures I’ve taken. I am lucky to have my photography to take my mind off other things, if only for a moment.