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Jobs all ticked off, it was turning into one of those nights that gave me the luxury of a few moments to consider whether a nap at 3am would be a good idea. After nodding off, I was awakened by a bleep: ‘Emergency C-section, obstetric theatres’.
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I’ve often wondered whether anyone else has, in the middle of some soul-destroying hospital shift, felt strangely envious of their patients? I know I have.
Tags: junior doctors, consulting patients
‘I’m the responsible doctor,’ I said. It was true, but the phrase sounded heavier when said to the senior colleague I had just woken up at 2am.
Tags: junior doctors, medical diagnosis
The first time one of my young patients (under the age of 50) died, I cried. He was a perpetually cheerful chap with diabetes, who developed an abscess that just kept spreading and spreading despite many trips to theatre.
Tags: doctor-patient relationship
Doctors cannot be expected to know about every disease. I know that, and the great majority of my patients know that. But that didn’t make me feel any better when my father’s health began to deteriorate, and I hadn’t even heard of the name of his condition.
Tags: general practice, treating family or friends
Tags: medical education and training, junior doctors
As a GP registrar I made more than a few mistakes, from simple data entry errors and spelling mistakes to blunders that incurred the wrath of practice managers. There are two that stand out, and they share a theme of patient-centredness.
Tags: general practice
The patient had the air of one about to make a difficult speech. He had begun to speak before he even sat down. 'Doctor, I know that I don’t have acromegaly because neither my hands nor feet are especially large.' I was pleased to hear that, although also a little puzzled, as this was an eye clinic and I hadn't met him before.
Tags: continuing medical education
Smokers should be reminded at every suitable opportunity of the health benefits of stopping, says guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. I wholeheartedly agree, but when might an opportunity not be suitable? I think I found one recently.
Tags: general practice, smoking
‘Do you remember that chap with back pain?’, my supervisor asked. I did, but only partly, through the haze of paternity leave, as a couple of weeks previously I had been dashing across town to my wife, who had been in labour.
Tags: junior doctors, general practice
Phone radiology and ask for a cystogram. It was top of my jobs list that day.
‘Err… Hi. I am Kee Wei, one of the foundation year 1s calling, and I would like to discuss a patient with you,’ I started, before rambling what I hoped was a coherent summary of what had led to this conversation.
Tags: foundation programme year 1
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