How to be safe working as a doctor and when to make an accident at work claim
Working as a doctor doesn’t have to be one of the professions where you are more likely to become ill or injured, but if you are not careful then there are obviously more risks inherent in this career path that maybe there are in others. If you are working as a doctor, the fact that you are working face to face with people all day every day is risk factor, as is the fact that many of these people will have communicable diseases and infections.
However, all doctors are trained to be careful and to know when to do something about a certain case, so that they are not at risk. Here are some of the lower level things you can do to keep yourself safer.
- Wash your hands. In between patients and any time you do anything, even if you are wearing gloves, you need to wash your hands with antibacterial soap or hand gel. If you don’t wash your hands all the time you run the risk of getting sick yourself, or passing illness from one patient to another.
- Keep yourself healthy. As a doctor you have a duty of care towards your patients, and keeping yourself healthy is one way to avoid making them ill. If you pick up any serious illness or infection, the fact that you are seeing patients with weakened immune systems could be very dangerous for them.
- Take time off when you are sick. This is for your own benefit as well as the benefit of patients. If you have a lower immune system due to illness you run the risk of contracting something from a patient, and the other way around. Although it may be inconvenient for your employer, it is always safest to just take the day off if you are sick.
- Ask questions. Any time that you think something might be wrong or that you don’t understand something, make sure that you ask someone for help rather than trying to work it out for yourself.
You should be able to make a Tewkesbury accident at work claim
You should be able to make a Tewkesbury accident at work claim if you are injured or made ill by your job working as a doctor. You will only be able to make a Tewkesbury accident at work claim if you can prove that your employer was in some way negligent, and didn’t provide you with what you needed to keep yourself safe from this illness or injury.
Accident Advice Helpline can help you to make your Tewkesbury accident at work claim, by listening to what happened, helping you to gather evidence and putting together the strongest possible case for a successful Tewkesbury accident at work claim. Call the helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone to get started at any time!
Date Published: 19th October 2014
Author: David Brown