I have arrived in the Capital of the British Empire!
I am here for a 4 week observer-ship with the Supportive Cancer and Pediatric Palliative Care Team at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. This hospital is one of the oldest children's hospitals in the world (oldest in the English speaking world), and is world famous. The outside looks like a bunch of buildings of all different ages, from Victorian to 1970s industrial, cobbled together, but inside the wards it looks like any other modern hospital.
The palliative care team is relegated to the "Portakabins" which can best be described as portables (remember elementary school) jutting off the 4th floor somewhere in the middle of the jumble of buildings, overlooking the loading docks. I was assured by one member of the nursing team, that this was the best accommodations that the team had been given in the 13 years she has been part of the team!
The Palliative Care Team here was founded in 1986 by Dr. Anne Goldman, one of the founders of pediatric palliative care, so it is a team who has been around for a long time relative to other children's hospitals.
Everyday I take the tube to Russell Square station to get to the hospital and then have to trek up 15 flights of stairs from the platform to reach street level. It's a narrow spiral staircase for most of the way and stern overhead warning forbid you from using the stairs with any luggage (you must wait for the elevator).
|Heading down the stairs.|
|Why are they so small and steep?|
The advantage of Russell Square station? It's close to the British Museum, so on the way home from work today, I popped in for a quick visit to the Rosetta Stone.
That's life in London so far!