Reflections from the Covid-19 Frontline
A Personal Diary
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At the Frontline of Covid-19 is an emotional account of the first Covid lockdown told by upbeat breast surgeon consultant, Ash, as he admits his struggle to adapt to pandemic life. From new equipment, frequent process shuffling, and heroes within the hospital, Ash reflects on his tales from the NHS frontline of the Covid response.
With an entwined narrative from his wife, Jenny, who battles to preserve her hairdressing business during the pandemic, the two give an open account of family life as they navigate ‘staying safe’ during an unprecedented time.
This accessible diary is as much about a family’s repercussions of working within the medical profession during lockdown as well as the rapid changes that overtook the South-East hospitals. Sprinkled with heart-warming anecdotes and whimsical references, it is a good-humoured and honest account of work and family life during the pandemic.
Table of Contents
Days 1-383 of exposure to COVID from 15th March onwards by Ash and Jenny Subramanian. Postscript by Dr Adrian Bull
Mr Ashok Subramanian B.Sc(Hons), MBBS (Hons), FRCS (Gen Surg) Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon. Ash was appointed Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust in 2011 and Royal College of Surgeons Tutor for Surgery the year afterwards. Ash has served as director of communications at the Association of Breast Surgery of Breast Britain and Ireland, covering the Paterson scandal and is now clinical lead for Breast surgery in his Trust and patron of 2 charities promoting breast cancer advocacy.
Mrs Jenny Subramanian owns and runs a hairdressing salon in East Sussex. She lives on the south coast of England with her husband Ash, and they have two boys and two girls between them.