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|Point of interest
|Dr Hewitt talks about her early life and her parents' careers in medicine.
|Her family's economic circumstances, her secondary school and her early interest in medicine, "I wanted to do something useful."
|Starting to study medicine at Guy's Hospital, London in 1956 and being advised to take the Conjoint Board exams to qualify early.
|Her experience of medical school, "A bit intimidating to start with", there were 20 females in the year of 100 people.
|The differences between her experience of medical school and that of her male colleagues, and how she has no memories of overt discrimination
|Deciding to become an anaesthetist, "I don't just like the theory, I like being able to do something."
|How the anaesthesia training process has changed significantly during the course of her time as a consultant.
|Not being offered promotion to a registrar post probably because "the blue-eyed boys tended to get promoted… they're just not really used to women being promoted. They think you're going to sort of get married and give it up", getting a job at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases.
|The difference between Guy's and the NHND where she was the only anaesthetist, working in the Batten Unit (respiratory care unit), early ways of monitoring vital functions.
|Looking back on her career and why she enjoyed it.
|The feeling that being a woman probably delayed her promotion, "Because they just weren't used to the idea.”
|Female role models, “There weren’t really any females I knew that were in more senior roles”, being the first female consultant in any specialty appointed at Guy’s.
|The qualities that women anaesthetists bring to the specialty, "They're probably quite good at getting on with surgeons rather than having rows with them."
|The development of a surgical intensive care unit at Guy's over the course of her career there.
|The extent to which women are represented in the specialty now.
|Learning how to give anaesthetics for kidney transplants at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, and then being regarded as the expert on it on returning to Guy's, explanation of haemodialysis.
|Her involvement with research into the muscle-relaxant drug pancuronium and its use in patients with renal failure.
|Monitoring the effects of anaesthesia on brainwaves in patients undergoing brain surgery for epilepsy.
|Restructuring the anaesthetics department at Guy's, "creating a proper academic department", setting up regional advisors, restructuring the training programme
|Story of being mistaken for an office worker probably wouldn't have happened "if I'd been a male with a white coat.”
|Story of man with hiccups who was instantly cured when she said she was going to take a blood sample from his thigh.
|Highlights of her career, working with the European Academy, being Assistant Editor of the European Journal [of Anaesthesiology], getting postgraduates over from Thailand to do their Fellowship in the UK, going to Bangkok run a programme on epidurals and obstetrics.
|The Fondation Européenne d'Enseignement en Anesthésiologie and the exchange of knowledge across Europe.
|Working on the committee for clinical exams, making changes to exams, introduction of OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations), being chairman of the OSCE working party, "Very satisfying".
|Worst moments of her career, patient dying due to staff negligence
|Positive changes that have come about for women in the field of anaesthesia, the fact that women are now encouraged at school age to consider medicine as a career.
|Advice to young women today who are aiming for a career in medicine.