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 »
When I started writing the Denmark Doctor many years ago I was a little anxious about what to write about. I knew that just discussing medical issues could become boring and patronising. If I’d have kept to that formula then my inspiration would have run dry after a month or so. We’re now past 200… Read More »
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 »
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 »
Some of you may think that the new décor in my room is merely a device to get you in and out of the surgery quickly. Let me reassure that this is not the case. The fact that the desk, chairs and couch have all been removed and in its place is a chest high… Read More »
Hopefully you realised that my rant about allow natural death forms wasn’t an April Fool. But the government has tried to name and shame GPs, the New Scientist did (unbelievably) publish a non-April fool article about head transplants. My poo may indeed be a really invaluable treatment in the future and there are a number… Read More »
Actually anyone who read a single edition of the Denmark Doctor has probably already come to the same conclusion. I acknowledge that Victor Meldrew is a hero of mine and Top Gear is one of my favourite programs. Take all this together and there’s no doubt I’m a grumpy old man. The question I ask… Read More »
A patient recently phoned in for the results of her autopsy. I reassured her that unless she was a zombie she was a little premature. I would like to remind our non-zombie patients that it helps us if you can phone in for the results of bloods tests after 10 am.