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The Evening Shift
  1. Helen Gibson
  1. Correspondence to Dr Helen Gibson, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Panda Centre, Corsebar Road, Paisley PA2 9PN, UK; hggibson{at}doctors.org.uk

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the page bleeps relentlessly

a chain of patients still to see 

and the phone rings rings again

spot tests nebs bloods LP 

awaiting results but treat IV 

the page bleeps relentlessly

cannula fails dad complains

calm situation hit the vein 

and the phone rings rings again 

toddler bruising no history

parents aggressive contradictory

the page bleeps relentlessly

resus breathless call ITU in

no local beds or transfer ‘til ten

and the phone rings rings again

night reg sick no capacity

negotiate maintain endlessly

the page bleeps relentlessly

and the phone rings rings again

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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