Dr. Andrew Choyce Provides Critical Care on Front-lines of Pandemic

April 2020

This is Dr. Andrew Choyce, Orbis Staff Anaesthetist. Andrew started volunteering with us 15 years ago, but for the last 10 years has been working for us part time - splitting his hours between the Flying Eye Hospital and his London Hospitals, Kings College & the Maudsley.

Like many of our staff and Volunteer Faculty anaesthetists Andrew is now using his specialist skills to help people on the frontline of the pandemic.

Andrew tells us: “After completing training, many anaesthetists choose to have some commitment to the intensive care unit. I didn't, because I chose to help teach and train health professionals around the world with Orbis. However, we all maintain the core skill-set to be ICU doctors, which is why I'm able to help out now.”

Having worked with us for 15 years many here at Orbis know him personally, and can testify to his commitment to helping others, even in the face of great uncertainty and risk.

“With all of our clinical programs at Orbis temporarily on hold, I had no hesitation to be available full time and be part of the front-line team of dedicated doctors, nurses and other NHS staff who are making the immense effort to limit the harm of this dreadful pandemic. Of course, we still have to manage the routine emergencies and urgent surgical cases at the same time as Covid-19 ICU patients, so I am splitting my time and helping out where I can”.

Andrew is an excellent teacher and loves sharing his skills with colleagues all over the world. Andrew tells us that working in challenging circumstances where he knows he can give some benefit to local anaesthetists is what gives him ‘the buzz’.

Image was taken before COVID-19

And now many of the people Andrew has been teaching and training over the last 15 years are using their improved skills to fight the virus in their own countries:

“Orbis has given me the most incredible contact list of international colleagues from both our partner hospitals and Volunteer Faculty. Many of my friends and colleagues will be using their anaesthesia skills to save lives right now."

“It’s comforting to know that the work I'm doing here in the UK is being replicated by so many of the people I’ve worked with over the last decade with Orbis. My thoughts are with them and my efforts inspired by them."

Image was taken before COVID-19

We’d like to say a very special and heartfelt thank you to Dr. Choyce for the work he’s doing right now on the frontlines of the pandemic, and for sharing his skills with countless colleagues around the world.

With people like Andrew on the frontline, we’re confident many lives will be saved. Stay safe and stay in touch Andrew.

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