In their own words: doctors and the COVID-19 pandemic
6pm - 8pm
11 St Andrew's Place and online
two images side by side of a doctor with and without her respiration mask

Join us for a live, unfiltered discussion with a panel of doctors reflecting on their personal experiences from the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic to the NHS today.

‘At a time when consultant and junior doctors are striking, struggling to be heard, to keep their place in patient care, the RCP’s Fortitude exhibition of the extraordinary times during the COVID-19 pandemic is relevant and reflective. We can say, yes, this is what we did. We can ask whether it was enough. We can dare to ask: how much more can you be expected to give?’

- Roopa Farooki, review of the Fortitude exhibition in the Lancet, Nov. 2023.

As the emotive exhibition ‘Fortitude: healthcare workers’ experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic’ draws to a close at the Royal College of Physicians we have invited back doctors who contributed to the exhibition for a live discussion led by oral history officer, Sarah Lowry. Featuring doctors from across England we will consider the memories they shared about the first months of the pandemic, how they feel now looking back, and what has changed in the years since.

The experiences shared may be challenging to hear reflecting on suffering, chaos and exhaustion alongside compassion, courage and joy.

‘I hope that we are listened to after this ends. Not called heroes or angels or clapped for or given badges or medals, listened to.

– Junior doctor, Scotland

Have a question? We will have time for the audiences in person and online to also ask the panel questions.

Please be aware the topics discussed will refer to grief, death, illness and trauma.


Our speakers will include: consultant respiratory physician Dr Tuck-Kay Loke and consultant in general medicine and respiratory Dr Ajitha Jayaratnam from the South-East region, Dr Laura-Jane Smith, consultant respiratory physician in London, and Dr Catherine Monaghan, consultant physician in acute and respiratory medicine in north-east England and Yorkshire, who all gave oral history interviews for our COVID-19 archive.  


You can book  with Eventbrite now to join us in person in London or watch the discussion online >

General admission:

Pay what you can for your ticket to this interesting event whether joining us in person or online. A drinks reception is included for those joining us in person. All proceeds, will go towards travel and expenses for our speakers who are generously giving their time for this event and to support the ongoing work of the RCP Archives, Heritage Library and Museum.

RCP Fellows and members:

If you are an RCP member or fellow your ticket is free, please just add a valid membership number to the booking form.

Please be aware the viewing event in our Liverpool building, RCP at the Spine, for RCP members and fellows in the north of England, will no longer be going ahead but you can still book freely to attend online or in person in London.