Category Archives: That’s Life!

Not So Retiring

Mark Twain famously quipped that the report of his death had been an exaggeration. I find myself thinking the same about some spurious rumours of my retirement. I have had a number of people wish me well, for which I’ve thanked them and then said that the reports of my retirement are an exaggeration. The… Read More »

Feedback

I couldn’t help but smile at some feedback from a patient this month. ‘Why can’t Dr Cowley get someone else to write the newsletter?’ The non paranoid side of me likes to think that they were concerned that my little grey cells might need some rest from Denmark Doctor related over exertions. The more rational… Read More »

Effective Communication

I was interested to hear recently that the guidance regarding what constitutes effective communication with patients has changed. I remember watching a Royal College of GPs video many years ago demonstrating a perfect consultation. It was an odd experience because I know if I’d have read a transcript of the consultation I would have been… Read More »

Bionic Man

I think I’m pretty fit for someone who receives mail from Saga. I don’t smoke, I don’t drink any alcohol, I do drink lots of beetroot juice, I run lots, I eat healthily, I don’t have any chronic health problems and I don’t take any medication. Now I appreciate that a lot of these benefits… Read More »

Dignified Death

The government knows that most health clinicians are incapable of thinking for themselves. The cynic in me feels that this is just part and parcel of living in a nanny state which seeks to control all aspects of our lives. I have learnt over the years that whenever a government (of any colour) says that… Read More »