Dr. Stathoulis also has a passion for writing and photography. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he has been active at his hospital assisting with risk management and helping develop protocols and staff wellness programs.
This is all about death.
In early January 2021, my hospital was overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases as the second wave of infections hit our coastal holiday town with devastating force.
The senior emergency doctor contracted the disease and was unwell. The remaining doctors were stretched to cover the extra load. Our infrastructure was stretched. My measure of how we were coping was based on a few rough gauges:
How many people were lined ...
Sometimes I think.
Sometimes I think and nothing happens. That seems to happen a lot during this period of the second wave of COVID-19 that has hit my hospital. Netcare Kingsway Hospital is a community private hospital and has been overwhelmed in caring for patients with COVID-19.
Sometimes I think and something happens. That’s when a story takes shape, and I wonder how I will tie it together to make it work.
Those were the headlines in one of the Sunday papers.
He was around fifty years old and with his wife. They stood in front of me in the supermarket. He was in shorts and a light blue t-shirt, wearing beach flip-flops. Standard casual wear for the holiday beach town where I work at Netcare Kingsway Hospital in Amanzimtoti, on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast of South Africa.
I could see him reading the ...