Broken hearts, or why telephone consultations are less than 35% effective (homage to Heathcote)

Although doctors are being battered over the head for not enough F2F appointments, in reality, telephone reviews are much harder than seeing a person in the surgery.

Take away, facial expression, eye contact and body-language and it is far more difficult to know or understand what is going-on.

In the darkness we wait.

I have a patient Who cannot read or write.   I have not yet Determined the reasons why; Whether circumstance situation or something else.   Nevertheless, He struggles with many activities that you or I would find Straightforward.   When I was explaining to him the other day About the dosing of Paracetamol, I realisedContinue reading “In the darkness we wait.”

Blogs, Poems, etc 2017

Rod’s Blogs, Poems, etc.  Table of Contents I search for meaning. 6 ‘Behavioural’ 8 10 Years. 10 10 years. 11 99+. 13 1559 days. 15 A response to Henry. 17 A tale of two times?. 18 Acute. 20 Advance Care Plan, Human Rights & I want what I want 23 alea iacta est 25 AllContinue reading “Blogs, Poems, etc 2017”

The Hazards of Polydoctory

I started writing this, a little chuffed with myself as I thought I had invented a new word. Alas, someone has beaten me to it, although their meaning is slightly different from the one I intend to use here. In the Encyclopaedia of Ageing and Health edited by Kyriakos S Markides*, Polydoctory is defined asContinue reading “The Hazards of Polydoctory”

You made a mistake, dare I say…

Today I gained a further insight into the workings of hierarchy and patient safety. On the ward-round we were discussing a variety of topics; From this, as often happens we talked about one of my recent blogs, in fact, the one about the two old men, who yesterday became one, when Len (not his realContinue reading “You made a mistake, dare I say…”

Stop!  

She survived. She could have died – I never asked the question.

Talking to computers, talking to humans

I learned something interesting yesterday. On occasion, people prefer computers. I appreciate this is a generalisation. These days, most of us are comfortable around computers – whether they are inside our phones, microwaves, TVs or something that is central to our working day. Computer communication is still something that is a little odd. Listening toContinue reading “Talking to computers, talking to humans”