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Heroes of the RUH – Trina Sharland

Meet Trina Sharland, Physiotherapist on Critical Care  at the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

“Being a physiotherapist wasn’t always something I knew I wanted to do. My mum was a critical care nurse and I knew I always wanted to work in healthcare, but I didn’t know which profession. I’ve always been sporty and my mum encouraged me to be a physiotherapist – I followed in her footsteps and was inspired to be a physiotherapist in critical care.

“Before the pandemic, families were able to come in and support their loved ones on critical care, but during COVID they haven’t been able to. Therefore, I make sure that we take the time to ring family members and find out any information about the patient, especially when they’re asleep and not able to relay the information themselves. I like to play music when they are asleep, and make sure they have things that are familiar to them when we start to wake them up.

“I’ve seen it so many times when we’ve done a FaceTime with a patient and their family and they’ve been so much more engaged afterwards. They transform and we see their personalities come back and it’s just amazing.

“My favourite thing about Christmas is being with my family. We like to stick to our traditions at home, we always like to stay at home at my parents’ house rather than going away, and we do pretty much exactly the same thing every year. It’s my favourite thing.

“It was only me from therapies working on Christmas day in Critical Care, but my mum very kindly delayed Christmas dinner until I got home that night. ”