Cathy Wield graduated from St George's in 1983 after studying Medicine. Here the Registrar in Accident and Emergency talks to us about her jobs, some of the things she loves, some which she loves to hate and her memories of St George's.


What is your job title?
SP3(LAS) in Emergency Medicine

What do you actually do?
I am a registrar in Accident and Emergency and an author.

Where are you if you are not in your office/surgery/hospital?
At home, spending time with my family.

Which living person do you most admire, and why?
Professor Keith Matthews: he set up the Advanced Intervention Service, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee and despite opposition has worked to treat adults with severe mental illness by NSMD and other methods, when all else has failed.

What’s your favourite book?
‘A Child In the Forest’ by Winifred Foley.

What or who would you consign to room 101?
Stigma towards Mental Illness.

Who would play you in the film of your life story?
Penelope Cruz.

What is your favourite word?

How would you like to be remembered?
As a good mother, a good doctor and a good wife who strove to eliminate the stigma of mental illness from the medical profession to the church.

What’s the most important lesson life has taught you?
Don’t judge people by their outward appearance.

What is your favourite memory of SGUL?
My wedding reception in St George’s Medical School Bar.

Are you still in touch with people you studied with?
Yes. Actually, quite a few of them.

How would you sum up your time at SGUL in three words?
Fantastic, empowering experience.

Cathy has written two books, A Thorn in my Mind and Life After Darkness, both of which talk about her journey through severe depression.

Read about some of the other alumni we have spent five minutes with:

Kathryn Lloyd-Thomas
Rob Galloway
Sarah Walters OBE

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