Dr Helen Lane started writing poetry in her own time to alleviate some of the emotional burden witnessed on the acute wards. Her close friends encouraged her to share her poems to help others. Throughout the pandemic, many healthcare and social staff have had difficulty coping with the emotional, physical and mental challenges that they faced; both at work and in their personal lives. Dr Lane has shared her poems in order to support all of those who have provided support for each other, for clients and patients, for relatives and family and of course cared for us; allowing us to care for others. The collaboration from two Front Line Doctors perspective during these unprecedented events has led to Reflections through the waves becoming a historic and memoir of these uncertain times.
Both Helen and Sean are significant key workers in the front line NHS during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Dr Helen Lane is a Consultant Physician specialising in Diabetes & Endocrinology and General Internal Medicine in the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board. She is also an Improvement Advisor and Associate Medical Director for Improvement in the Health Board. She has spent the majority of the last 18 months caring for patients on acute medical wards during the Covid-19 pandemic, whilst having to delay many routine services.
Dr Sean Watermeyer is an NHS Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, who has been clinical lead for gynaecological cancers at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital for over 10 years. In his spare time, he writes both children's rhyming books and indeed funny medical fiction. In addition, he has written a self-help book "Infertility, IVF and Miscarriage" for couples trying to conceive.