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Heroes of the RUH – Luke Davy

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Meet Luke Davy, Specialist Diagnostic Radiographer at the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

I guess I owe it to my mum for what I do. When I finished my A levels I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life but needed to get a job. My mum who is also a radiographer suggested I join the bank at Frenchay and work as a radiology porter.  

Before this I had shown very little interest in what my mum did at work. I soon found that I really enjoyed working in a hospital. Working in a big team of porters, radiographers, RDA’s and radiologists was good fun. Every day was different and the people I worked with were all great people.  

It was during this time that I decided that radiography looked like a good job to get into. I didn’t qualify as a radiographer until I was 24. I am now 30 so have been working in the NHS for 12 years. 

Radiographers work in a wide range of modalities from CT, X-ray, MRI, Nuclear medicine, Mammography, Fluoroscopy and more. If you come to hospital the chances are you will meet a radiographer at some point. 

I am the Fluoroscopy lead and have trained to perform barium swallows which is a special type of X-ray test that helps your doctor take a close look at the back of your mouth and throat. I am currently training to perform PICC line insertions. I also rotate through CT, plain film and the interventional room.   

In my job, I see a number of patients who have swallowing difficulties which may have been caused by a stroke, cancer, Parkinson’s, or even COVID-19. Part of my job is to help our Speech and Language Therapists by performing a number of tests using fluoroscopy on these patients so they can be assessed.  

I’m really pleased to see that The Forever Friends Appeal is fundraising for a portable machine which would help the Speech and Language Therapists assess patients at their bedside. This machine would make a huge difference to our patients and their journey of care. So, if people can make a donation to this Appeal by visiting donate.thebiggive.org.uk between the 1st and 8th December it will be doubled by the Big Give Christmas Challenge. It will be great to have this brilliant piece of equipment so we can support patients here at the RUH. 

Outside of work I’m really into music and I’ve been in a band which was quite big around Bristol. I’m not sure if my colleagues would know this about me. I definitely will embrace live music a lot more in the future after COVID.

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