When I first started as a GP 30 years ago it was unusual for me to see any children (oops sorry young people) with mental health problems. When they did present they were often very ill with the beginnings of a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia. The support services were excellent and would see… Read More »
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 »
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 »
One of my favourite movies was Catch 22 – this employed a very interesting argument regarding discharge from the US military on the grounds of mental health problems.
I have often been critical of the quality of research which informs how we do things in General Practice. Many years ago we used to actively support good quality research by enrolling in worthy projects. Over the last few years this has fallen by the wayside until now. We will be supporting a number of… Read More »
I’m glad to announce that we are able to extend our memory clinic for at least a few more months. I have written previously about the fact that dementia is poorly managed in the UK. This is predominantly because it is under-diagnosed.
Over the last few years there has been a lot of excellent research into what makes people happy. And there is a really interesting paradox what people think makes them happy and what actually makes them happy are two different things.
You go through the whole gamut of emotions when you’re a GP – often during a single surgery. Very occasionally I get the feeling that something has worked well – which makes a pleasant change from ‘perhaps I’ll do that a little different next time round’ – but this morning a patient said something which… Read More »