Junior Doctors at the Royal Berkshire Hospital are now able to enjoy a newly renovated mess room thanks to the help of Sara McDouall, anaesthetist and college lecturer, the generosity of the Royal Berks Charity, Ikea, and support from the hospital estates and procurement teams.
There has been a growing recognition that health and wellbeing is directly related to a doctor’s ability to work well, have an empathetic connection with their patients, and prevent burnout and stress. So, providing an area where doctors can stop, take a break, chat to peers and have some down time during their breaks, particularly at night is important.
The old room has been transformed with dedicated areas for study, relaxation and a new kitchen and eating area.
Sara McDouall said: "I am delighted that after support from the RBH Charity and Ikea, and enormous efforts from estates and procurement, the Doctors Mess is finally a space where junior doctors can relax. I hope that all junior doctors in at the Royal Berks get the opportunity to enjoy time there. Thank you to everyone who made this possible."
James Kennedy, doctor and Mess Treasurer added: "The long-awaited refurbishment of the RBH Doctors' Mess is a step towards meeting our commitment to minimising junior doctor fatigue at work. We're over the moon to be able to reopen this hub and rest facility in time to welcome our new cohort of junior doctors this week. We are incredibly grateful to the Royal Berks Charity and Dr Sara McDouall for enabling this to happen."