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When I was a medical student, I remember a junior doctor telling me that he often made spot diagnoses of people in the street. He just couldn't switch off from doctor mode.
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Like many registrars, I spend nights roaming the corridors of the hospital in search of patients, food or rest. Entering deserted offices, I have lost count of the lights and computers still on, left flickering many hours earlier by their owners. Every time I switch one off – and I admit I do it fairly indiscriminately – I feel good.
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Why can doctors sometimes be reluctant to admit they have a health problem? Is it the fabled perfectionism, a concern about letting down patients and colleagues, or a higher threshold that leads them to ‘tough it out’?
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‘Could you just sign these for me, Flora?’ asks our lovely hardworking secretary. ‘Dr X is gone now and won’t be back for days.’ Fine, of course, but oh dear, what am I signing?
Tags: ethics and professional responsibility, general practice
Have you ever lost someone you love, faced a life-threatening illness or felt overwhelmed by the competing demands of home, exams or a busy clinical practice? I would imagine all of us have at some point. What makes such times bearable? The support of family and friends and sometimes compassionate colleagues or other professionals can ensure the difference between coping or not.
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‘Do you know if it’s banded?’ I asked my colleague, who had finally managed to secure that elusive registrar post. She was leaving in a few weeks and I was going to miss her. ‘No,’ she replied, ‘I don’t.’
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Over lunch today I had a moan to a colleague.
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A new pandemic is sweeping through the healthcare system. I have named it Feedback Fatigue.
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It’s five to eight, and freedom is in sight. Gritty eyes and crumpled hair. Two more patients to discuss and I am out of here.
I’m not sure why I notice the girl at first. She’s pale and sits uncomfortably slumped on the shoulder of a teenage boy. He looks frightened, burdened with this adult role.
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GPs dread missing a cancer diagnosis. Patients can often present with vague symptoms, vaguely described, and some symptoms are too general to investigate at the outset.
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