I was born in Malawi, grew up in Scotland, and did my medical school and junior doctor years in Newcastle before heading to work and travel through Australia, which was so much fun I stayed for three years, but still didn’t manage to get a tan. I moved to Brighton from London in 2017, where I now live with my husband and the laziest cat of all time, Earl. In my spare time, I love being outside, either running or cycling, though I’m not so fond of the hills in Brighton for either of those. I’m part of a local soul choir (currently at home via Zoom, so my poor neighbours have to endure my singing every week), and when I get the chance love to travel. My last big trip was to Japan but I’m just as fond of wild camping.
I did my GP training in Camden Town, where there is quite a big homeless population; I only had a little experience there, but felt I really clicked with the work, so when I moved to Brighton I walked into Arch with a hopeful smile and a CV. The dedication to patients, core ethos and heart of the place and the people working homelessness in Brighton strikes me every day I work there, and the constant innovation and breaking down of barriers is something I think a lot of other health and social care providers could learn from.
Having locumed for Arch since 2017, I have just joined permanently and currently work every Friday as a GP. In non-Covid times I see patients face to face for booked and on-the-day appointments, liaise closely with the nursing team and the outreach and community services, aiming to do my part in providing person-centred holistic care for some of Brighton’s most vulnerable people.
I’ve never felt more part of a team as a GP than I have at Arch, where there is a real sense of energy in working towards a common goal, and positivity in even the most challenging of situations. I look forward hugely to my Fridays, and am very proud to be part of the team.