How do you start your day?
I get up at 6:30 a.m and enjoy low sugar granola with coconut milk. My first meeting is usually at 9 a.m on clinic days, today it was with a perfomer medical for a cruise line and we discussed the pros and cons of lockdown. The pros include reconnecting with family and the cons were lack of earnings and the government’s lack of support for the entertainment sector. We also talked about the new tighter medical regulations for cruise line medicals, which means that minor illnesses that were considered acceptable before are no longer deemed so because of increased insurance costs and risks.
What time do you break for lunch and how do you spend it?
I stopped for lunch at 12:30 with a friend of mine – a wonderful former nurse who manages pupil welfare at Stowe school in Buckingham, UK. We had fish and chips – I love fish and chips as it reminds me of my time at a Catholic boarding school when we had it every Friday.
What do you love about your job?
One thing I love about my job is talking abut mental health, but it can also be quite challenging. Today, I spent some time talking to teenagers about it and it was upsetting to hear some of their stories. Shortly after, my daughter who lives with her mum and has delayed language called me just to hear my voice, which made my day.
How has Covid-19 changed your working day?
Like many people, I’m working from home more and have less of a desire to travel to the office. The pandemic has actually accelerated my plans to retire – I’ve even bought a church in Scotland (pictured) to turn into a home which is going to keep me busy for at least the next two years!
Tell me about Your Excellent Health Service…
We specialise in cruise line medicals, medicals for oil and gas companies and bespoke medicals. We also assess people for occupational health.
What is your proudest achievement?
Setting up a safe refugee camp for 12,000 people in Rwanda when I was working for Merlin. After my studies, I worked in different settings around the world, including NGOs such as Save the Children and Merlin, as well as the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office as Medical Director.
Dr Charlie Easmon has been involved in the international travel and health sector for many years, offering healthcare products and screening services to private individuals and organisations. Passionate about company, occupational, global and public health, and keen to work with CEOs, CFOs as well as HR to create the next generation of ’Sunlight’ organisations, Charlie is also President of The International Association of Physicians for the Overseas Services.