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Dr Leigh Katherine Simmonds

Consultant Emergency Medicine

During surgical training, I found that I was more interested in the emergencies on the ward than the surgery, so decided to change my career choice to Accident and Emergency, spending a year in Australia to do so.

Specialist training in Northern region, then Consultant in beautiful Abergergavenny in Wales for 5 years. Moved back to be closer to family.

Favourite part of job: patients the team work and examining for the College.

Least favourite: risk management but it's a huge part of the job.

'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very thankful and relieved patient'.

Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital of North Durham