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Are you good with people doctor?

He was talking on his mobile phone even as I ushered him along the corridor to the consulting room. He kept up the conversation even as we sat down. I took it all in as he raised his nicotine stained

Why am I having this test doctor?

Jonathan consults his doctor regularly and each time he comes to the clinic he expects to go next door for a blood test or X-ray. Like many people he believes that a positive test means he has a

Do your feet betray you doctor?

As I watched the medical student take a history I noticed his scuffed shoes but more especially where his feet were pointed during the meeting. He sat with both feet on the ground but with his knees

Can doctors learn from movie directors?

In any consultation involving health professionals there are two 'actors' the patient and the health professional. During that meeting each will have something to say and will say it in a specific

Doctoring Warrants A Plan

Most people who attend a family doctor are unlikely to be seriously ill. Many however will benefit from making different choices about how they live because it is now normal to be overweight or obese,

The art of pitching in medicine

If you are a health professional a lot of what you say will be an attempt to pitch to the patient. I forgot to keep that in mind as I broke the news that Hilda had diabetes. Her husband sat bolt

What good is a cold?

It is often quoted that 50% of people will succumb to an upper respiratory tract infection in the course of a year. The usual pathogens involved are viruses. Rhinoviruses with more than 100

Where are your finger prints in my care?

It is unlikely that you will be part of every encounter with the customer, client or patient whatever you do and wherever you work. A barista is not at the table with the customer is

Do something in your power to make a difference

It's a small detail. If you are accompanying someone down a corridor as a healthcare professional- don't stride ahead. Ideally walk alongside the person or let them lead the way if they know where you

Ineffective handover can be fatal

Imagine what might lead to the worst outcomes in healthcare. It doesn't actually have to happen but it might help to identify what could go wrong before it ever does. In most cases it will be a