JUNIOR doctors at Forth Valley Royal Hospital, some of whom left university early to join the fight against coronavirus, were celebrated at a special event last week.

The more than 40 junior doctors were celebrated for their outstanding contributions as trainees over the last few months and marked their graduation at the hospital in Larbert.

Andrew Murray, medical director at NHS Forth Valley, said: "These doctors started early during the acute phase of the pandemic and their dedication has been second to none.

"They have all been exceptional in exceptional circumstances and they should be extremely proud of the role they have played.

"This event is our way of saying thank you for the contribution they have made and the support they have given to colleagues during this very challenging time."

Mortar board hats and gifts were supplied for the event by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons to help mark the occasion as no formal graduation ceremonies are taking place this year due to the pandemic.

Some of the junior doctors left university early to join the battle against Covid-19 while others were already training in the hospital before being redeployed to critical areas to support the response.

Dr Nick Barwell, consultant endocrinologist at NHS Forth Valley, shared some wisdom and advice for the doctors as they embark on their careers.

He said: "Being a doctor is the best job in the world and a tremendous privilege but it also comes with huge responsibilities to care for people at all the key stages in their lives.

"Remember the importance of team work, always treat patients and their families with compassion and never be afraid to ask for advice or support."