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Flight Risk: The Highs and Lows of Life as a Doctor at Heathrow Airport

Stephanie Green

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Autobiography: science, technology & medicine, Memoirs

A candid insight into the exhilarating drama of life and work as one of Heathrow airport's on-site doctors.

Stephanie Green isn't like most other doctors. Nearly every day, she confronts life-and-death situations behind the scenes at Heathrow, where the truth is almost always stranger than fiction. From monitoring drug mules to treating refugees entering the UK and greeting and assessing any plane landing at Heathrow coming from affected epidemic areas, Dr. Green deals with any and all situations deemed to require a medical opinion at London's Heathrow Airport, often confronting dramatic situations on every shift. Through all of this, Dr. Green juggles 24-hour shifts and threats of a Level Four virus with the demands of running a home and looking after her two small boys while her husband works late most night as a chef-owner of a gastro-pub.

Here, she reveals the exhilarating drama of working in the world's sixth busiest airport and what is required to make life and death decisions in the hidden no-man's land of medicine, geopolitics, terror and tragedy that is Borderland.

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Stephanie Green

Dr. Stephanie Green holds an MA in Biological Anthropology from Downing College, Cambridge, and a BM (Bachelor of Medicine) from Southampton University. She initially specialised in psychiatry, before working at London's Heathrow Airport for more than a decade. She now runs her own consultancy business, and her various roles include Consulting Doctor for Marie Stopes International and Medical Member of the Independent Family Returns Panel for the Home Office. Dr Green lives with her husband, Chris, their two sons, and Reggie the Flat-Coated Retriever, in Monmouthshire, U.K.

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