In general practice all our
patients have friends and lots of them as a lot of our patients never attend of
their own volition. Someone, a friend, a relative or sometimes an anonymous
complete stranger always tells them to attend.
However a recent consult
made us think about just how many friends our patients have and how much work
these friends generate for us as GPs. Our patients' friends advise them daily
on health care surely obliterating the need for Big Party NHS (re) direct and
Take last week and a few
examples of what our patients' friends advising them:
A friend said I ought to
see you because I have had a car accident (and they said can you make sure
something is in my notes?).
Friend = money grabbing
patient/lawyer or claim's management company.
I could not sleep and a
friend gave me a couple of these tablets and suggested I have a few more weeks
of these to help me sleep.
Friend = drug dealer or
drug user who is using you to get currency. No deal.
A friend said if I get a
letter from a doctor I could get a holiday in Barbados/get a new house/a new
television like they did from the social/council etc.. . .
A friend said I did not
look well and should have a few weeks off as they thought I had (insert) name
of disease after reading (insert name of learned journal) magazine . . .
Isn't it amazing how many
friends our patients have in general practice all of whom have given such considered
opinions and worthy advice to our patients to attend their primary care physicians
urgently to address their health needs?
Praise be to the Party for
ensuring that as a result of all the friends our patients have GPs and their
staff will never ever be lonely. Best of all it doesn't cost their friends a
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