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Cardiographer Phoebe Brennan tells us what she loves about her role

Monday, 23 November, 2020
Cardiographer Phoebe Brennan tells us what she loves about her role

Phoebe Brennan has been working as a cardiographer at Northumbria Healthcare for just over six months.

“I studied sport and exercise science at university and loved every minute of it but I didn’t always plan on being a cardiographer. In 2018 my partner and I decided to buy a café, which we ran for a couple of years before deciding we needed a career change.

“I have always been interested in the functions of the body, especially the heart, and after speaking to a friend who is a cardiac physiologist I was keen to begin a career in cardiology.

“From my first day, I felt at ease with the cardiac investigations team. No matter what their specific role is, the whole team all work together efficiently and have a really great work ethic which keeps things running smoothly.”

Phoebe began her new role in the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“As we were in the middle of the first national lockdown, I started my job under rather different circumstances.

“There were a lot of regulations put in place in order to keep all of the staff and patients very safe, including wearing a face mask and wearing different PPE for each patient.

“With everything that was going on, I noticed that patients coming in were quite anxious so putting their nerves at ease quickly became an important part of my role.

“I don’t think Covid-19 has particularly affected my role as I haven’t experienced working without all of these measures, so for me, this is just a normal way of working.”

Phoebe’s day-to-day responsibilities include carrying out electrocardiograms (ECG) on patients who have been suffering from any cardiac-related symptoms.

“I really enjoy using all of the equipment at work because it is very interesting to see the different ways in which the heart works.

“I am learning a lot with the help from the cardiac physiologists and I am very excited to see how my career within the cardiac investigations unit progresses in the future.”