A Very Busy Man
Tuesday 23 February 2021
We are delighted that James Isbister has been able to take a little time to update us on his life since leaving TC. He is certainly a busy man at the moment having qualified as a doctor last year during these challenging times.
Here is his story.

"I started at Tettenhall College at the age of 3 when I joined Kindergarten at the old Drive School so called because it was in an old Victorian house on the Drive off Wrottesley Road. The school moved to the main Tettenhall College site during my Reception year and I then stayed all the way through Prep and Senior school. I left at the end of Sixth Form in 2012 and went to the University of Nottingham to study Biochemistry for the next 3 years. In 2015 I graduated with a BSc Honours and moved to Glasgow University to begin a 5 year course in Medicine. In early 2020 I was focussing on my final year exams when COVID-19 struck. Fortunately, we were able to sit our exams before the first lockdown began and I completed my medical degree during the first wave of COVID. Normally final year medical students shadow FY1 (first year) doctors in the summer term to give them some experience of ward work before they start in August. At the time, however, the NHS was under huge pressure and the Government was asking for volunteers to start work and become doctors early. I was among the first wave of volunteers to be given postings in Glasgow where I started at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. I knew this particular job was notoriously busy even in normal times but it was a far more eventful and intense start to my medical career than I could have imagined. My duties have involved working on COVID wards and HDU as well as busy on call in General Surgery. Although at times it has been very hard work it has also been immensely rewarding. I have worked with some incredible people and have learnt a great deal. It has been an experience I will never forget and I am grateful that I was given the opportunity to start early, to do my part and hopefully to have made a difference."