In June, the Cork University Hospital Department of Anaesthesia held its inaugural monthly “coffee and a gas” meeting. Dr Oonagh Hickey and Dr Niamh McAuliffe, consultant anaesthetists at CUH, have led an initiative intended to ensure that those who work in the Department can meet and chat in a friendly setting.
This was inspired by the AAGBI initiative of the same name, which aims to promote teamwork and wellbeing in the workplace. Given the ever increasing size of the department, it was felt that providing a regular opportunity for members of the Anaesthesia team to meet in a non-clinical environment would be of benefit. #CoffeeAndAGas is way to help us share and a have good ‘get-it-off-your-chest’ type chat.
Coffee, home-made scones and cup-cakes were provided. Anaesthetists from all over the campus gathered for a pastry and a chat, some meeting for the first time. It was undertaken to hold such gatherings on a monthly basis, and all members of the Department have been invited to suggest ways of making these inclusive and fun.