2022 FPM-Hippocrates Prize Health Professional Shortlist

Shortlist

Questions that will never be answered
Carole Bromley   York, England

Diagnosis
Nicola Carter   Liverpool, 
England

Aunty Mary's Memory Assessment - Woking Community Hospital
Susan Thomas   Dorking, England

Anatomy Lab
Wendy Tong   New York, New York, USA 

Biographies and inspiration for the poems

Carol Bromley MJO22944 hi

Carole Bromley lives in York where she is the Poetry Society’s Stanza rep and runs poetry surgeries. She has been shortlisted and commended in the Hippocrates Prize in previous years and is delighted to be on the shortlist again. Carole has won a number of prizes including the Bridport and the Hamish Canham Award. She writes for children as well as adults. Her most recent publications are The Peregrine Falcons of York Minster (Valley Press, 2020) and a pamphlet about pituitary surgery, Sodium 136 (Calder Valley Poetry 2019).

My poem, Questions that will never be answered, came out of a poetry exercise on a course with Jonathan Edwards. It is about my own experience of temporarily losing various senses following pituitary surgery in 2018. This was disorienting and alarming though dealt with calmly and reassuringly by the excellent medical staff at Hull Royal Infirmary. Hearing was the most upsetting loss though, like my sense of smell and taste, it did eventually return.

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