Many employees will work Christmas day including fire, police, and hospital personnel.
“I’ve probably worked if your looking for specifically at Christmas, I’ve probably worked three of the last four Christmases, ” emergency room Dr. Joshua Stringer of UT Health Northeast said.
Dr. Stringer has been working the holidays since medical school and his residency before working at UT Health Northeast.
Along with doctors and nurses, support staff work on Christmas.
“I’ve spent many Christmas, holidays, and Thanksgivings being on call,” Public Information Officer John Moore said. “You may start of dealing with something that’s not so happy and other times your coming in for good reasons.”
Working during Christmas or any holiday can cause a mix of emotions.
“It’s kind of interesting a little melancholy especially is you have family or kids of your own, because you don’t get to spent quite as much time direct time with them,” Dr. Stringer said.
Dr. Kamran Shadid serves as assistant professor of medical oncology with more than 10 years of experience as a physician .
“It is a privileged in many ways because you get to take care of the people and the patients of people who cannot spend time with their families,” Dr. Shadid said.
Despite working on Christmas the hospital staff usually celebrates the holiday during the shift.”
“We here in the ER will plan on doing some type of celebration or a meal together this year we plan on having mexican food,” Dr. Stringer said.
“You have an added responsibility as a physician to take care of them and take care of all their needs,” Dr. Shahid said. “You are a friend as well as a physician as well as a family member at the same time.”