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Medical Ultrasound graduate's London posting coincides with COVID-19 lock-downs

Published:26 March 2020

Master of Medical Ultrasound graduate Alana Pranskunas at her CQUni graduation (top) and on the deserted streets of London (bottom).

When Master of Medical Ultrasound graduate Alana Pranskunas celebrated at CQUniversity's Melbourne ceremony in December, she had no idea her application to work in London would coincide with a history-making health event.

However, she's staying positive in the face of increasingly restrictive conditions in the UK capital.

"National Health Service staff like myself are still required to be working and I have continued my work for the West Sussex Hospital Trust over three hospitals, in all areas of ultrasound; obstetrics, inpatients, outpatients, musculoskeletal and general.

"To assist in containing COVID-19, they have limited scan appointments and have cancelled anything non-urgent, so we are scanning mainly pregnancies, emergency cases and inpatients.

"Restrictions to our daily life have been hard and boredom has kicked in. I've offered to do some casual marking for university and intend on looking after my mental health and capitalising on opportunities for Continuing Professional Development.

"I've just tried to keep a routine with exercise etc daily but work has been pretty much uninterrupted since lock-downs came about."

Alana says it was hard at the beginning getting used to the National Health Service "along with new machines and new hospital systems and also reporting without being overseen and verified by a radiologist".

"The COVID-19 outbreak really made travelling back over from Australia difficult and stressful," she says.

"NHS staff will be very busy in the foreseeable future. Although stressful, being an integral part of the medical team during this pandemic is also a uniquely unifying and gratifying experience."