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Post 26 Is 'Having Sex' the same as 'Making Love'?

This was the first tutorial that Paul had ever given but as he introduced himself to the group, he had no idea that it would end with such comedy and confusion.  


Without exception, the students were intelligent; had they not been bright they wouldn’t have been admitted to medical school.  However, they differed greatly in their ability to communicate with patients. An essential task for their teachers was to observe the interaction between student and patient and to guide and advise as necessary.

Paul gathered the students round the bed of a rather deaf octogenarian who hailed from Pontefract in Yorkshire.On this occasion it was Sunil Solanki’s turn to demonstrate what the consultant had taught the students the previous week. Sunil had been nick named ‘Sunny’ because of his cheerful disposition and ready smile.
“Now, Sunny,” Paul began, “Mr Howell has a problem with his bowels.  I would like you to ask him to describe his symptoms.”
He turned to the other students. “The rest of you sh…

Post 25 Christmas Eve in the Hospital Fifty Years Ago

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Hospital life has changed enormously over the last 50 years, no more so than in the way that Christmas is celebrated.In those days a unique seasonal atmosphere developed during Christmas week and for those of us who were fortunate enough to be resident at that time, celebrating Christmas in hospital was a memorable experience.

Four or five days before the big day, the porters erected a Christmas tree in the centre of the ward.Each ward had its own box of decorations and it often fell to the night staff to decorate the tree, usually, in the early hours of the morning when the ward was quiet. Many patients assisted by making paper chains and lanterns, or by designing a crib which was placed in the centre of the ward – an excellent form of occupational therapy!
Invariably the fairy lights, perhaps put away in a rush the previous year, declined to work and this was a busy time for the hospital electricians. Matron awarded a prize to the ward with the most attractive decorations. This gener…

Post 24 Taking a patient's clinical history. A tutorial from an expert

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William Wetherall, the hospital's senior surgeon, laid aside the journal he was reading and looked at the clock on the wall of his office.   It was one minute before ten o’clock. He smiled, he had a surprise planned for the new group of  students who were waiting for him on the ward.
He eased himself from his chair, stretched his back, then set off down the corridor.  

He vowed, as he always did on these occasions, not only to teach them to be good doctors but to impart to them the common sense and good manners he felt should be the hallmark of all who practised in the caring professions.
“Good morning,” he said, as he entered the room.

The students stood and reciprocated the greeting.
“Now let’s start at the very beginning,”  William said, having learned the names of the students.   “Being a doctor is like being a detective.   A crime is solved by interrogating suspects, by examining the crime scene looking for evidence and, if necessary, by undertaking some forensic tests.   
To ma…

Post 23 The best consultant in the world

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The time has come for me to introduce you to Sir William who will feature in several of the tales that I have lined up for you.He is the doctor I have most admired, the best boss I had when I was training and a wonderful colleague when I became a consultant.He was loved by his patients, respected by his juniors and was the darling of all the nursing staff.


His full title was Sir William Frederick Warrender but he was known as Sir William by one and all. I’m not sure why he was knighted but rumour suggests that he chanced to be on duty many years ago when a minor Royal visited the city and developed appendicitis. The knighthood was his reward for removing the offending organ and avoiding all complications. The anaesthetist and nurses came away empty handed!

When I first met him, Sir William was in his early fifties, a bachelor with a genial face and a twinkle in his eye. Despite his years, he carried himself well and was invariably smartly dressed. Generally he wore a classic charcoal gr…

Post 22 Hospital volunteer brings comfort to distressed mother

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When patients are grateful for the care they receive, be it in hospital, in the GP's surgery or at home, they often express their gratitude and leave small gifts for the doctors and nurses.     The doctors are 'marvellous' the nurses 'angels'.So they may be and such recognition can be great motivating factors. But what of all the other  equally vital members of the team; the paramedics, porters, cooks, cleaners, managers, records and maintenance staff  without whom the frontline staff couldn't operate? Their contribution is just as essential but all too often is overlooked.  I hope this story helps to redress the balance.
 I make no apology for presenting it exactly as it came to me. I believe that to do otherwise would result in a loss of its warmth and spontaneity.                                                                         ----------------------------------------------------------

Today an angel knocked on my hospital door.. his name was john 💎

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