Review: This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay

Title: This is Going to Hurt

Author: Adam Kay

Pages: 288 Pages

Publisher: Picador

The Blurb

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you.

Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn’t – about life on and off the hospital ward.

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

Adam Kay was once a junior doctor and what lies between the pages of his debut book This is Going to Hurt is a hilarious collection of stories that he encountered whilst working for the NHS.

What I initially found surprising whilst reading This is Going to Hurt is the sheer volume of people who go to A and E with weird things lodged up their bum.

Reading This is Going to Hurt reminded me of many things. These include but are not limited to 1) our NHS is desperately underfunded. We know this already but it is corroborated by Adam Kay and as someone who once worked for this service I am going to take his word as gospel. You realise just how desperate a situation we are in. Secondly, work to life balance is so very important and 3) some illnesses are just plain weird.

A few years ago I became really ill. Due to the excellent care from doctors, nurses, porters alike (except one registrar but we will bypass this person) I really considered retraining to become a nurse. The amazing care I received allowed- nay, helped me fight my illness and I genuinely have the NHS to thank for that. Ultimately, I didn’t do it but after reading This is Going to Hurt I am sure that I could not live that life. I am just not strong enough. However, Adam Kay did reaffirm my belief that those who work or who have previously worked for the NHS are heroes. Fact.

Also This is Going to Hurt will make you laugh so hard you may end up with a hernia and need the NHS. Read with caution.

This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay is available now.

For more information regarding Adam Kay (@amateuradam) please visit www.adamkay.co.uk.

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