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Monday, June 01, 2009

That's Amelie on the left and Chloe on the right.One day down, a few thousand to go. I'd just like to thank all the people who sent me good luck cards for today, two thirds of which chose the card on the right. It's obviously a popular choice down at the pound shop.

Anyhoo, as luck would have it, I've actually had a very good first day. I've visited Peacehaven, Lewes, Burgess Hill and East Grinstead, met people from Ireland, Spain and Borneo (I expect that last one's a newly discovered species), and been told that 111 people applied for this job. Which means there are 110 people in Sussex with even less to offer than me. It's like I've won X Factor. By this time next year I could be as successful as Leon Jackson.

My task for this morning was to sit in the passenger seat of a car while the head of the Clinical Media Department drove me through the Sussex countryside on a mission to move two retinal screening cameras from one location to another. The clinic at Peacehaven might have been little more than a portacabin in a car park, but the Burgess Hill Medical Centre looks like this...

The view from the Hill.I received the startling news that I should be capable of running my own screening clinics within six weeks, so by August that could be my office.

We also visited the Victoria Hospital in Lewes, and walked past the wards I've been supplying with drugs for the past fourteen months. It was nice to be back there. The last time I visited, I took my own pillow and lay on the floor. This time I walked in with an eye chart and a laptop. The consulting room had a bed, but I didn't like to try it out before I'm qualified.

A quick trip around the East Grinstead one-way system, and we arrived back in Brighton just in time for lunch. That's if you have lunch at 2:15pm. Which I did today. My afternoon (what was left of it) was spent in the company of three retinal screeners, who talked me through some photos and offered me cups of tea and chocolate digestives, before telling me about all the celebrities they've screened. Naturally I can't breach patient confidentiality, but having heard who was screened this afternoon, I'll be taking a few of my scripts to every clinic.