Dr. Kheshwalla on relocating during the Covid-19 pandemic

Moving to a new country can be a daunting experience for anyone, but with the Covid-19 epidemic taking hold across the world, relocating to the UK was even more of a challenge for Dr. Kheshwalla – an Emergency Medicine clinician from India. Fortunately, Remedium were on hand to offer him support and guidance at each stage of the process.

We interviewed Dr. Kheshwalla about his experiences. Watch his story below:

What was your overall experience of moving to the UK?

Initially, I was very anxious as anyone would be, but once I landed everything was extremely smooth and clear – I was given clear instructions by both the hospital and Remedium on what to do and where to go. It really worked out well and it wasn’t that scary!

How did Remedium support you during these unprecedented times?

Covid was the only drawback that delayed things for me but Remedium was very kind and cooperative. They kept me regularly updated on the situation, including the rules and flight schedules that were constantly changing. I had to quarantine for 14 days when I arrived in the UK and that was where Remedium came into their own – they supported me to arrange a place to stay and to organise my food when I couldn’t leave my accommodation. That was invaluable to me.

I had to quarantine for 14 days when I arrived, but Remedium supported me to arrange a place to stay and to organise my food when I couldn’t leave my accommodation.

How has it been working in a UK hospital during Covid-19?

My new hospital has been very supportive and hasn’t forced me to do anything that I didn’t feel comfortable with. Even when you’re dealing with Covid patients, they have a proper protocol so that proper PPE is worn in properly designated Covid areas. I was also ‘fit tested’ so that my mask is well fitted and adjusted to my needs. They also have a very good triage system over here, which means that any suspected Covid patient doesn’t land up in a non-Covid area. So overall, I feel very safe in my new hospital and I haven’t had any problems.

What advice would you give to someone in your position who was moving to the UK?

Don’t be scared! Come over and all your worries will be sorted – there are so many people to help you; the hospital, Remedium, the staff and even the consultants. In the UK, consultants don’t just help you with work matters but even with personal matters. It’s really not a problem!

 

Thank you Dr. Kheshwalla and we wish you a long and prosperous career in the NHS!

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