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Spotlight on Dr Yogen Singh

Yogen Singh, Consultant in Paediatric Cardiology & Neonatal Medicine at Addenbrooke’s tells us why there is nothing more important than putting smiles back on children’s faces

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

What made you decide to enter the medical profession?

My parents tell me that, right from early childhood, I wanted to be a doctor. I had seen doctors looking after sick children and I wanted to be like them - to bring back smiles to children’s faces.

During my training I found paediatric cardiology fascinating and neonatology was a fast-evolving sub-speciality. I could never choose which I like most and today, here I am with expertise in both.

What prompted you to work for Addenbrooke’s?

During my first visit to Addenbrooke’s I was amazed by the dedication of the staff and the hospital’s values. I am passionate about delivering high standards of care and getting involved in teaching and training medical students. Addenbrooke’s provides me all these opportunities.

What does a normal day entail? 

I don’t think there is a ‘normal’ day in my work! Doing outpatient clinics for children with heart problems; looking after sick babies in NICU, children in PICU and those with cancer, all of whom need my cardiology expertise, makes every day exciting.

What’s the best thing about your job?

Working with children and their families - doing work I’m passionate about, providing continuity of care for children with congenital heart defects and seeing them leading a normal or near normal life gives me immense satisfaction.

What do you not like about your job?

I wish I had some extra time to support the teams. There is so much to do, which can make difference in children’s life. But being a positive person with high motivation and dedication to my work provides me tremendous energy.

How has ACT funding helped you?

The ACT team is simply amazing and has been really supportive for our service development in paediatric cardiology. ACT helped us to raise funds for our echocardiography machine, which allows us to see over 2,000 patients in paediatric cardiology outpatient clinics at Addenbrooke’s.  Kind donors have funded a cardiac nurse specialist for three years, and they are making a great difference in supporting the families of our young patients, especially those with heart defects, and needing open bypass surgery. I am really looking forward to the echocardiography stimulator ACT is supporting us to buy. This would allow me to train junior doctors in acquiring echo skills using a simulator rather than sick babies.

What do you do in your spare time?

I have a lovely family who provide me with strength and stability. We love spending time together, as much as we can, and doing things together whatever it involves – it’s so much fun. 

I am also enjoying developing a training programme for neonatologist-performed echocardiography. I get to share my skill with other doctors in Cambridge, the wider UK and beyond!

What challenges do you face and how do you overcome them?

Working in two very intense and busy specialities with enormous workload brings many challenges – ‘lack of adequate time’ is the biggest challenge! With my skills set, the difference I make to children and their families keep me upbeat. Being a positive person with high motivation and dedication to my work provides me tremendous energy.

If you could change anything (about your job/in your field) what would it be?

I would love to see more neonatologists, intensivists and trainees using echocardiography, which can provide direct assessment of cardiovascular wellbeing in sick children being treated in intensive care. This would enable them in making timely, accurate and specific intervention to the sick children in intensive care units. I would really love to have a little extra time in the day every day to help the teams needing cardiology support in Cambridge train more clinicians in functional echocardiography.

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