Dr Wassim Shamsuddin, consultant anaesthetist, Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Trust

When did you start in the NHS?

I started training as a junior doctor in 2004 after qualifying from medical school.

Why did you choose to work in the NHS?

It’s an organisation I have been passionate about from when I started to train as a doctor. It allows me to treat patients that need our care irrespective of race, religion, gender or socio-economic background. All patients are equal in the NHS.

Describe what you do in 100 words.

As an anaesthetist, I look after patients undergoing surgery. We provide the general anaesthetic and then look after the patients during and immediately after surgery, ensuring their comfort and recovery from surgery. Anaesthetists are very important doctors in an hospital (acute trust) as we look after all patients that are critically ill, requiring intensive care, as well as women requiring pain relief during labour and critically sick patients requiring emergency surgery.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

Working with my colleagues as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide the greatest care to our patients. I am just a small part of a big team.

How would you describe the NHS in one word?

Life-saving.

If you could give the NHS any 70th birthday present what would it be?

The elixir of long life.

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