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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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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
I can still remember the names and faces of all the patients that I have cared for who have died. I can no longer count them on two hands, but I can still remember them. I can remember the way they spoke to us on the ward round, the way they put on a brave face for their visitors and the emptiness of their eyes when I certified them. Does it ever get any easier?
Tags: junior doctors
Arthur Conan Doyle said that when doctors turn to crime they do so with enthusiasm and efficiency. The same could be said of medically-trained hypochondriacs.
Tags: older people and health
I am a respiratory registrar and have encountered numerous patients with varying degrees of breathlessness from their respiratory conditions. At medical school, we are told to be empathetic and sympathetic to the plight of our patients and unless one has experienced an affliction, it is very difficult to imagine what someone with it is going through.
Tags: medical education and training
As I took the history, the kitchen cloth covering the boy’s hand was becoming ever more saturated with blood. He would need suturing, and I wasn’t up to it.
Tags: paediatrics and child health
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