Dr Zul Mirza, an A&E consultant at West Middlesex Hospital, however, enjoys picking up the mistakes the technical advisors let slip through.
"I sometimes think well that's not how I would do it' when I'm watching them," he
also admits to having his
"Life in A&E is more like ER than Casualty, it reflects the true nature of going from one patient to another and is more energetic although that has probably made it sound more glamorous than it actually is!"Despite an early ambition for a different glamorous career "like all boys I wanted to be a professional footballer" Dr Mirza decided medicine was the path for him and he trained in hospitals across London, including St Mary's, Chelsea and Westminster, and Ealing.He then worked as a registrar at West Middlesex Hospital, before moving to his consultancy position five years ago.
At the tender age of 37, Dr Mirza
is seen as youthful for his
"A lot of patients think I am rather young to be a consultant," he
professionalism shines through and it is clear he
is dedicated to his
The hospital currently has two consultants working the A&E department and Dr Mirza
and his colleague, Dr Mike Bennett, alternate being on call.
says: "Kids are always coming in with their fingers jammed in things, or toys stuck up their noses or in their ears.
"We have overcome the problems of the old department and overshot the targets," adds Dr Mirza
"We have more staff and more technology in the department.Nurses are playing extended roles, for example ordering x-rays and taking blood."As well as his hospital duties, Dr Mirza is involved in lecturing and is currently researching the best treatment for scaphoid fractures.
But despite the long hours and often heart-wrenching cases, Dr Mirza
has not regretted his
decision to leave the football league tables for the operating tables.He
says: "Medicine and the A&E department is an endlessly fascinating career."