Northumbria Primary Care have welcomed our newest healthcare assistant to our Haydon Bridge and Allendale Medical Practice. Eunice Brakoh joined the Haydon Bridge team after arriving in the UK from Ghana at the beginning of this year. We caught up with Eunice to learn a bit about her background, her experience, and what working in primary care means to her!
Hi Eunice, how are you finding your time at NPC?
I’m really enjoying myself so far. Everything is going well and I’m really enjoying working with the patients in Haydon Bridge and Allendale. I’ve only arrived in the UK recently, so I’m still getting used to my new home but it’s all very exciting!
Can you give us a little bit of information about your background?
I’m originally from Accra in Ghana and completed my nursing education there. I’ve always wanted to help people, even as a child. Growing up, I would go out of my way to care for people who were unwell, so pursuing this career seemed like an appropriate choice!
After qualifying, I worked in a local hospital and gained a lot of experience working across different wards. I really enjoyed getting to experience different situations and it gave me a great opportunity to learn as much as possible and broaden my skillset. It also exposed me to working with a range of different clinicians, helping me to understand how different roles work together.
Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of opportunities in Ghana and it’s hard to progress in your career. I’ve got a real desire to learn and become the best version of myself possible, so I knew I needed to seek somewhere that would be able to facilitate this. I began to look at opportunities away from home and came across Northumbria Primary Care. The more I read about the role, the more I was certain this was the right move for me. I applied and was so excited to find out that I’d been successful and had gotten the job!
How have you settled in to the North East of England?
The weather is a bit different to Ghana! Where I’m from it’s very hot, so it’s taking a little bit of adjusting to but I’m sure I will get used to it. I live in Hexham now and I’m enjoying exploring my new home.
What do you love most about your job?
It’s an incredibly fulfilling and rewarding profession. I take a huge amount of pride in my work and helping those who aren’t very well. Whenever you treat someone, you’re not just treating them; you’re treating their friends, their family, their loved ones. It’s important to be compassionate and empathetic to each patient’s situation. I feel very lucky to be able to support people through what can be difficult times.
In general, my work brings me satisfaction and it makes me happy. I’m very lucky.
How do you like to spend your spare time?
I like to watch movies and read books in my down time to help me relax. I’m especially a fan of action movies! I’ve also been completing some online courses and keeping up to date with training and education.
Are you interested in a career with Northumbria Primary Care? We’re always looking for talented and hard working clinicians to join our teams. Head over to the Working For Us page to find out more!
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