“The North East offers not just a career path but a holistic journey, blending professional growth in infectious diseases with the rarity of unique medical facilities.”
Ashleigh McMaster, an ST4 in infectious diseases and microbiology, has found her passion and professional growth in the vibrant medical landscape of the North East. Working at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, Ashleigh enjoys her role in microbiology, where she handles lab results, offers advice on antibiotic treatments, and ensures optimal patient care. She expresses enthusiasm for the diversity of patients and the multifaceted nature of her work, spanning from laboratory settings to direct patient care. Ashleigh credits the region’s supportive consultants for making her training journey smoother, emphasising the rarity of having a high consequence infectious diseases unit, a distinctive feature that sets Newcastle apart in its ability to handle highly infectious diseases. Additionally, she cherishes the region’s natural environment as a source of solace, enabling her to manage work-related stress and find a sense of belonging.