“Invisible Scars” by Peter Sykes is published
“Invisible Scars” by Peter Sykes is published
Will Paul and Kate’s marriage survive the stresses of their hospital work and their past traumas?
About the Book:
Whilst Paul and Kate work alongside each other as doctor and nurse on the surgical ward, strains in their relationship emerge. And when Kate's baby dies and Paul's inexperience costs lives, doubt and despair hang in the air and their marriage appears to be doomed.
However, in a dramatic turn of events, Paul saves the life of a critically ill patient and Kate is finally able to bid an emotional farewell to the child she has lost.
Will their marriage survive the stresses of their hospital work and their past traumas?
Excerpt from the Book:
Sir William, the surgical consultant, paused a long time before speaking. “Knowing that your husband has had a vasectomy, I wrote to the Inverness Hospital where you were treated and asked for a copy of your notes. The gynaecologist there was in no doubt about it. He was convinced that you were pregnant. He was equally certain that you then had a miscarriage.”
Again Sir William paused, all the while watching his patient. For the first time there was a flicker of alarm on Mrs Cullen’s face. And as Sir William allowed the pause to drag on, the hint of concern became a look of panic.
Eventually Sir William continued. “However, perhaps unwisely, they did not confirm the diagnosis by sending any tissue to the laboratory. There was no analysis of the contents of the womb.”
"So what does that mean?" Mrs Cullen asked hesitantly, a mouse trapped in a corner, desperately looking for a way to escape.
"It means that they never actually proved that you had a miscarriage. It is just possible that they made a mistake."
About the Author:
Peter Sykes served as a consultant surgeon for 25 years, later becoming the medical director of an NHS Trust, winning a ‘UK Medical Management Team of the Year’ award. During the final three years of his career, he was involved at a national level in the control of quality of surgical services.
Peter’s first novel The First Cut was published in 2011. It described Paul Lambert’s medical misadventures as he was thrown, bewildered and unprepared, onto a busy surgical ward as a newly qualified doctor.
This was followed in 2013 by Behind the Screens which tells real-life tales at a time when care and compassion ruled supreme in British hospitals. Some of the stories are humorous, some sad, others poignant, but all are very ‘human’. The novel also follows Paul’s chequered love life and unveils some of the ‘high jinks’ that doctors get up to when off-duty.
Peter’s third novel First Do No Harm was published in 2015 and is set against industrial action that beset the NHS in the 1970's, as the normal healthy camaraderie of the City Hospital is lost and the dispute sets nurse against nurse and doctor against doctor.
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