Meet Jaspal Phull, Consultant Urological Surgeon at the Royal United Hospitals Bath.
“I’ve always wanted to work in healthcare and I think I always wanted to be a surgeon from a young age. I had a number of influences around me, including many of my family who are also working for the NHS.
“It’s hard to underplay the influence that my parents have had on me. My dad is a doctor, he’s retired but returned to work and my mum is a really an inspirational person. She has been telling me all of my life to make everyone around you feel special. It’s really dawned on me more than ever during this pandemic that actually it’s good to take a bit of time to chat to somebody that you might not normally speak to and to listen to other people talk about things. It sounds obvious but it is something that I will actively make more of an effort to do.
“I’ve been really inspired by the people that I’ve worked with during the pandemic. I recognise that there’s been a lot of work that has gone on in the background to keep our hospital running and it’s an honour to work with colleagues who continue to deliver a high level of care and enthusiasm even when we are all so busy.
“I feel really grateful and humble that people want to seek an opportunity to support the hospital. This hospital will be here long after we are and we have to look after it like a library book it will be here for others to benefit from later.”