60 seconds with Keith Fishpool, who has been with the Trust for 18 years
We speak to Keith Fishpool, as he marks his 18th year here at the Trust
Keith, aged 37, tells us about his experiences of being a star of the TV series 24 hours in A&E, filmed at St George’s, plus his new role in our Blue Sky Centre.
When did you start here at the Trust?
I joined as a temporary porter aged 18; from there I got a full time post as a medical assistant. I didn’t think I’d be here for this long, but it’s been a fantastic, challenging, and rewarding journey.
What’s your role now?
I’ve recently joined the Blue Sky Centre as a Paediatric Assistant Practitioner. I love working with the children, they bounce back well from treatment and it’s so inspiring to see. My nephew was even treated here; he was very poorly when he came in, but left a very happy chap!
What changes have you seen at the Trust?
I’ve not known a time when something exciting wasn’t going on. In 2014, we become a major trauma centre. It was incredible to be part of the team that worked hard to make the helipad a reality.
What have been your career highlights?
I really do love my job! Being involved with serious cases does play with your emotions, so I have a strong support network both at work and at home.
I loved having the opportunity to be on 24 Hours in A&E. My friends and family were so happy to see me on TV, one friend said: “I hear you talk about work but really, hats off to you, you do a great job.” That was nice.
What are your plans for the future?
The team here are fantastic. I’d love to make it to 20 years at the Trust. Oh and to visit the helipad one day!
Look out for our new series of 24 Hours in A&E starting in May!