Intensive Care with Dr Gavin Francis

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Watch a recording of this event with with GP Gavin Francis, who explores what it means to be a doctor caring for a society in crisis during a pandemic.

In conversation with writer Louise Welsh, Gavin discusses his deeply personal experience of a year caring for patients in rural and urban communities. The two speakers reflect on the ways in which the pandemic and its policy measures have compounded existing social inequalities and health concerns.

From treating patients in care homes to those in communal city stairways, Gavin and Louise reveal what care looks like in different contexts, what can be achieved when we care for each other, and the true cost of the pandemic.

Gavin Francis’s new book ‘Intensive Care’ is out now in hardback.



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Photographic black and white head and shoulders portrait of author Gavin Francis.

Gavin Francis


Gavin Francis has worked across four continents as a surgeon, emergency physician, medical officer with the British Antarctic Survey and latterly as a GP; he has described the pandemic response of 2020 as the most intense period of his 20-year career in medicine. He’s the author of the Sunday Times bestseller ‘Adventures in Human Being’, which was a BMA Book of the Year, and ‘Shapeshifters’. His books have won the SMIT Scottish Book of the Year Award, the Saltire Award for Non-Fiction and been shortlisted for the Ondaatje and Costa Prizes. He also writes for the Guardian, The Times, the London Review of Books and Granta. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife and children.

Louise Welsh


Louise Welsh is the author of eight novels, most recently the Plague Times Trilogy, a series of books exploring a contemporary pandemic (2017). Louise has received several awards and international fellowships, including a Doctor of Arts from both Edinburgh Napier University and the Open University, and an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. Her new novel, ‘The Second Cut’, will be published by Canongate Books in 2022. Louise is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.