Things Your Doctor Can’t Do…

Maybe one day I'll hang this list in the waiting room of my clinic: I can't cure your cold  I can't give you antibiotics for your cold I can't give you antibiotics for your flu I can't give you antibiotics for your diarrhoea of two days  I can't give you antibiotics for sinus congestion I… Continue reading Things Your Doctor Can’t Do…

Healthcare & Volatility

Working At Scale General Practice / Primary Care has been around for a long time in the UK (since 1911).  It is currently going through a massive transition due to funding cuts by the government, the pressures of having to deal with today's needy patients and the increased work load being transferred from Secondary Care… Continue reading Healthcare & Volatility

Everyone Should Be On Statins!

This is the mantra of the medical profession. When I am seeing patients basically every man over the age of 60 and every woman over the age of 75 is advised to be started on a statin.  The algorithms on my computer (anyone with a QRISK2 score over 10% is advised to start on a… Continue reading Everyone Should Be On Statins!

Why Your Family Doctor Tells You To Go Away And Take Paracetamol/Tylenol

This post may get a little heavy on theory and scientific jargon.  Possibly one of the reasons why there are often so many disagreements between patients and physicians. Introduction I was having dinner yesterday evening with some friends.  At the table there were a group of doctors, a computer scientist, a technical consultant and a… Continue reading Why Your Family Doctor Tells You To Go Away And Take Paracetamol/Tylenol

Consultation Skills – Three Golden Rules

My consultation skills are gradually improving.  I'm currently seeing a patient every 10-12.5 minutes.  By the time I finish my training next August I need to be consistently at 10 minutes per consultation. A couple of years ago when I started my GP training I really had no clue how GPs could see patients so quickly.  In the hospital… Continue reading Consultation Skills – Three Golden Rules