Category Archives: That’s Life!

A Good Place?

The longer I do this job the more I realise I don’t know. This does sound incredibly depressing, but medicine has the ability to be a great leveller. When I was young and ignorant, I was quick to criticise my colleagues for their shortcomings. 30 years later I have demonstrated those same shortcomings many times over. I… 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 »

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 »

New Computer

I’m sure many of you will be aware that we are installing a new computer system. Modern GP is completely reliant on efficient IT systems. Everything we do is intertwined with computers so changing a system is no small matter. It has a profound impact on everything we do – please bear with us during… Read More »

Presidential warts

I enjoy playing cards, and there’s nothing quite so satisfying as having a hand full of trumps. Which, I guess, is now how the business mogul President of the USA feels. He is the Trump who has been dealt a hand full of trumps and still cannot believe his luck. He can say anything and… Read More »

Robotic future

I used to smugly think that one of the last jobs to be farmed out to computers would be mine. Now I’m not so sure. How GPs actually do their job has no good evidence base and is pretty incomprehensible. When I train other doctors I explain that GPs are murky animals that survive swimming… Read More »