A DAY’S WORK
Parisa Saiedabadi is a lead sonographer in maternity services at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea and St Mary’s hospitals. She has been recently promoted to band 8a.
MY ALARM GOES OFF… At 07.30 each morning. I have a five-year-old son and a nine-year-old daughter. My husband travels a lot so our nanny helps get the kids out the door. We divide and conquer to get the kids to school on time! I arrive at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea or St Mary’s in time for our first scan appointment at 09.00.
MY TYPICAL DAY…
Starts at 09.00. My days can be divided into scanning my own lists of patients and with my new role in management as lead sonographer of the day. I review our patient lists and check in on staff before seeing my own patients. I’ll spend most of the day performing scans – a mix of 12-week, 20-week and additional scans on pregnant women. Throughout the day, I’ll check in with our team and other colleagues, offer a second opinion, and work with our fetal medicine colleagues to transfer patients to our assessment or labour ward if required. I may also oversee an audit or attend a training session to ensure our team continues to develop and improve our skills.
I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR… Overseeing and offering support to a team of sonographers, the safety of sonographers and making sure we
deliver great patient care, as well as teaching students, supporting junior sonographers, liaising with other departments, and undertaking regular audits and review protocols.
I GOT MY JOB…
After I trained as a midwife in Iran and worked as an independent midwife for a couple of years there. When I moved to the UK I started working as a one-to-one midwife after my adaptation programme completed. I completed a postgraduate degree in ultrasound and practiced obstetric and gynaecology scans for few years. I’ve recently been promoted to one of the lead sonographers.
MY MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT… I once had a patient who had been mistakenly scheduled for an extra scan. There was no reason to believe it was necessary, but as the patient already had appointment, I scanned her. There were two active babies – she was very excited to be pregnant with twins after
several rounds of IVF. But I also noticed that her cervix was open. She was less than 25 weeks’ pregnant and moments from going into labour. We made an immediate referral to day care and the labour ward. She was admitted straight away, had a cerclage procedure that day and the pregnancy was saved.
THE HARDEST PART OF MY JOB… is breaking bad news. This part of my job never gets easier.
THE BEST PART OF MY JOB… is witnessing a parent’s joy at seeing a healthy baby on their scan. Supporting parents through this journey is so rewarding. Also, seeing “returning customers,” as I say – scanning ladies in their next pregnancies is always great.
OUTSIDE OF WORK YOU WILL FIND ME…
Spending time with my family – my children are growing up so fast! I am very much involved with school and my children’s education.
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