Junior Covid doctor gutted as bike stolen after 13-hour shift at Milton Keynes Hospital

Award-winning medic found the cycle a real boost during pandemic

By Clare Turner
Wednesday, 2nd September 2020, 3:57 pm

A junior doctor working on the Covid ward at Milton Keynes Hospital is appealing for the return of his new bike after discovering it nicked from the staff cycle shed.

Dr Andrew Dooley had just finished a 13-hour shift on Saturday morning when he discovered the £650 bike was gone.

He said: "I'm pretty gutted. I didn't expect it to be taken from the staff bike shed. I had just finished the night shift."

Dr Andrew Dooley

Andrew, like many others, had found the bike a real boost to his mental health during the pandemic.

"I bought a nice new bike because I had been struggling in lockdown," he said.

"In terms of stress of work, I've been on the Covid ward. It's been hard," he added.

The bike - a silver Boardman Adventure 8.6 - had set Andrew back £650 and was lifted from the hospital staff shed in Lister Close sometime before 9am on Saturday.

A silver Boardman Adventure 8.6, similar to the one stolen

Andrew - who received a commendation from the hospital's chief executive for his work on the Covid ward - added: "Perhaps it was naivety on my part but I thought my bike would be safe on site.

If you recognise the bike or have more information, call 101. Or you can call Thames Valley Police at Milton Keynes on 0845 8 505 505 or visit here