An unexpected visit to the hospital

I have recently had a short, unexpected holiday in the Royal Bournemouth hospital. Many thanks to all those patients who have wished me a speedy recovery. I am, thankfully, well on course to achieving that goal. It is a sobering thought that one day I felt on top of the world and was plotting how… Read More »

Changing Times, Changing Newsletters

When I first started writing the Denmark Doctor 20 years ago the topics were predominantly about health-related matters. If it was Summer I’d extol the virtues of slipping on light clothes, slapping on a hat and slopping on suntan cream (I might have got my slipping and slopping mixed up) the so-called slip, slap, slop… Read More »

GP Stress Management

So far this newsletter appears to have been detailing my high levels of stress, worry about the future, complaints, hospitals not supporting practices, politicians and the media. You might ask how I manage to survive all this stress and come out smiling? Firstly, in spite of all these distractions, being a GP at Denmark Road… Read More »

Dinosaur Doctor?

We are on the cusp of a technological and genetic revolution. Modern treatments are mind-bogglingly complex. One of our local urology surgeons recently updated us about how he operates on prostates. During my training I assisted at one or two of these operations – I say assisted that was a rather glorified term for hanging… Read More »

Weak Government – let’s hope so

Its interesting that Mrs. May wanted an election to strengthen her bargaining position. The argument was that a large majority would enable her to drive a deal beneficial to the UK and not so beneficial to Europe. This, to me, sounds like a Trumpesque argument – ie one which is too simplistic and seeks a win-lose outcome above all others.… Read More »

The Computer Says … Sorry

I am sure many of you will be acutely aware that we have recently changed our computer system. This has been one of the most difficult processes that the practice has had to endure since we moved to Denmark Road 20 years ago. We have often upgraded our system but usually, during this process, we… Read More »

Pirate Vote

In previous years I’ve put forward my hopes for our various annual elections. My success rate has been awful and my warnings of doom unheeded but I remain undaunted and will put my thoughts across again. Last year I warned that even though America could elect Trump they could also at least impeach him. I’m surprised… Read More »

Open Door Policy?

It is now difficult to believe that we spent such a long time changing the doors to the surgery. This was an idea originally suggested by the patient group several years ago. We initially rejected it due to fears of people getting trapped and doors opening due to gusty weather. Now the doors have been… Read More »