A&E Consultant turns porter for charity


AN A&E consultant has hung up his stethoscope to become a porter for the day to raise money for charity.

Dr Peter Freeland, Consultant in Accident and Emergency at St John's Hospital, spent Friday (11th) with the Portering team to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Instead of treating patients in the busy A & E department, Dr Freeland spent a ten hour shift working as a trainee porter, transporting patients around the hospital.

His duties also included distributing patient meals, transporting pharmaceutical supplies and helping with security in the hospital.

Around £9,000 has already been pledged by colleagues and friends in support of the event, and Dr Freeland plans to donate the difference between his salary as a consultant and a porter for that day to the fund.

The money raised will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust Remember Zoe Appeal, in memory of teenager Zoe King, who died just days before her 18th birthday in September last year.

Dr Freeland decided to raise money for the charity when his 14-year-old daughter Liza was diagnosed with cancer last year.

After undergoing six months of intensive chemotherapy treatment at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, Liza is now on the road to recovery.

Dr Freeland said:

 I decided to raise money for this appeal in gratitude for the skill, care, and devotion shown to my daughter Liza by all grades of staff at the Cancer Unit in Edinburgh's Royal Hospital for Sick Children. It made me really proud of our NHS.
 I really enjoyed my day as a trainee hospital porter. The porters do a great job day in, day out with very little recognition. I hope this will also raise the positive profile of the service they provide all the clinical staff.