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Sarah Maycock Sarah Maycock | 13:30 UK time, Tuesday, 10 January 2012

It's back! With a brand new set of junior doctors, there's plenty of drama on the wards of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

We follow their first ever shifts in some of the busiest and most challenging departments in the hospital as they struggle to deal with the transition from medical student to junior doctor.

Whilst juggling the long hours, life and death situations, difficult patients and endless paperwork, they desperately try to keep up the energy to maintain their own personal lives. You'll want to laugh, you'll want to cry...and at times you'll definitely want to look away!

We can't wait to see what's in store for our brand-new group of eight bright-eyed and bushy-tailed medics. From today we'll be revealing two new doctors a day right here on this very keep your eyes peeled to find out more about the new recruits.


Akira Fukutomi

Akira Fukutomi


  • First year doctor; studied at Imperial College, London
  • Working in the Acute Assessment Unit
  • Akira's taken on the role of "Mess President", meaning he's in charge of organising parties for the doctors



Amieth Yogarajah

Amieth Yogarajah

  • Second year doctor; previously worked at Watford General Hospital, studied at Cambridge
  • Working in A&E
  • At home Amieth is one of the messiest inhabitants. However his willingness to cook make him popular with the rest of the junior doctors!

Andy Steval

Andy Steval


  • First year doctor; just left medical school at Newcastle University
  • Works his first month in Trauma & Orthopaedics (broken bones) and his following three months in General Surgery
  • Andy's a keen footballer as well as playing the acoustic guitar. He's recently taken up life-drawing classes. A man of many talents!

Ben Allin

Ben Allin


  • Second year doctor; previously worked at Ealing Hospital and studied at Imperial College London
  • Working in the Paediatric Surgery
  • Ben's a mean cook and much prefers a healthy meal to a takeaway


Lucy Hollingworth

Lucy Hollingworth


  • First year doctor; studied at University of Manchester
  • Working in Rheumatology and General Medicine
  • With A-Levels in arts subjects, Lucy first needed to complete a foundation year at university in order to prepare her for medical study



Milla Marinova

Milla Marinova


  • First year doctor; graduated from LSE, and Barts and The London School of Medicine
  • Working in Dermatology
  • Self-confessed Chelsea girl Milla loves socialising in London's most exclusive nightspots, watching her brother play polo and living it up abroad - after less than 7 days in her new job she headed to France for a week

Priya Mangat

Priya Mangat


  • First year doctor; studied at Imperial College London and Kings College London
  • Working in General Surgery
  • Family-girl Priya still receives food parcels from her parents and is affectionately known to them as "Princess Priya"


Sameer Bahal

Sameer Bahal


  • First year doctor; studied at Imperial College London
  • Working in the Stroke Unit
  • If Sameer wasn't a doctor, he'd be the next Batman. He says, "If I couldn't save people from illnesses then I'd like to save them from organised crime"


So come back and visit us each day this week as we reveal the new Junior Doctors.


  • Comment number 1.

    Welcome back it looks like we will have an interesting time ahead of us getting to know you and witnessing your first and 2nd years as doctors. I just wanted to say thankyou for sticking with your training and now the hard work really starts. Looking forward to next tuesday evening

  • Comment number 2.

    Hey guys, you're all very brave for doing this programme and I remember some of the scary moments not all that long ago when I was an FY1 and now an SpR. Keep at it, never give up and remember your patients should always remain first.

    Dr Andy: quick tip about cannulas - stretch the skin, keep the arm down (i.e. using gravity as an aid) and don't angle the needle so sharply, use a gentler slope and take your time - trust me it works!

  • Comment number 3.

    Not gonna lie those junior doctors have loads of patience, I don't think I would last a day without hitting someone...

  • Comment number 4.

    I'd like to know why the same infection control measures as nurses aren't adhered to with regard to female doctors tying their hair back? Are they exempt from doing it?

  • Comment number 5.

    Amieth, don't feel too bad about being over-ruled to stitch the scalp before the CT. It would have been much more appropriate if the nursing staff had prepared the patient for you to inspect the wound rather than watching the blood seeping out. Probably too busy ticking boxes somewhere to get their "specialist" badge.

  • Comment number 6.

    I never understand why female doctors seem to be exempt from infection control/uniform policy and have their hair dangling in their sterile field and their jewellery on?!

  • Comment number 7.

    I would be interested to see Chelsea and Westminister's infection control policy. Certainly in other Trusts sitting on patient's beds, long hair not tied back and clothing below the elbow would contravene policy. There also appears to be a distinct lack of the use of alcohol gel prior to patient contact.


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