Renal consultant & professor of nephrology
As a renal consultant and professor of nephrology, Professor Alan Salama has balanced his 10 years working at the trust between treating patients in clinics and leading clinical research and education in inflammatory kidney disease and transplantation.
Responding to COVID-19 has meant new ways of working, such as video calls and remote consultations. “We’ve never worked like this before,” says Alan. “We’re collaborating with our patients at home in new ways, such as asking them to go and have blood taken at the GP and to give us a call once it’s done. When we have the results we set up a video call with the patient to talk through the results.”
“There has been so much incredible effort from our community healthcare partners to make sure our patients who are in lockdown at home, and can’t visit us in person, are looked after safely and still have all of their medical needs met.”
Alan reflects how staff have come together to find new ways of working through the pandemic. “All our of medical and nursing staff, occupational therapists and physiotherapists, porters, cleaners - absolutely everyone - has worked together in innovative ways to focus on how we care for patients and help them get better as quickly as possible.”
COVID-19 has proved the challenge of a lifetime. Alan says that it is so rare for a virus of this scale to present itself, and forces us to learn how to deal with it in real time, without knowing much about it or how or why it affects certain body systems. It’s only through clinical observation, research and testing that we can understand what this is about. “At the beginning of this, we didn’t know how COVID-19 would affect our patients and we didn’t know which treatments would work best.
“There has been a world of unknowns that we have had to discover as a team, as a hospital and as a global medical community.
Alan is proud to be able to show the hard work going on across the trust. “It was a little odd to have cameras around, but the value of being able to show the work being done and the care being given to our patients is brilliant. It’s a privilege to show our work to the public.”