You might wonder why, should you ever have cause to see a personal medical attendant, you spend ages sitting in a waiting room , browsing decade old National Geographics and the like. Perhaps a quick snapshot of this afternoon’s surgery will help explain.
15.00 Enter first patient. Young adult male. Suicidally depressed and in crisis. After a bit of a chat, we manage to tease out the principal cause, agree a management, with antidepressants and the safety net of a ring back any time offer, and fix a two week follow up appointment.
15.30 Enter second patient (appointment 15.10). He’s been drinking a lot lately—just fluids, not alcohol, after all he is only 14—and he has to get up a few times a night to pee. No he hasn’t brought.. but yes he can do a specimen. We find a pot. He pees. The stick shows he’s passing glucose syrup. We find a glucometer and prick his finger. His glucose is 24, or roughly four times normal. We agree he should go to the hospital and get started on insulin. This needs a phone call to arrange.
15.55 Enter third patient (appointment 15.20). She’s worried. She had a car accident a few days ago. Thing is she can’t remember it. She can’t remember if she ought to remember it. She plainly hasn’t had a significant head injury. She’s not had seizures in the past. We’ve no reason to think she has had one this time. Bur we’ve no convincing reason to think she hasn’t. She’d quite like to know, so we agree she needs a brain scan and a referral to a gerontologist for more clever tests. In the meantime I have to advise her not to drive anymore—not a problem right now, since her car has been written off, but still she needs to be advised.
16.20 Enter fourth patient (appointment 15.30). She needs to renew her annual repeat prescription for high blood pressure. So far her BP control has been o.k. Then this week she was told she might loose her job soon. And so might her husband. And her BP control has gone a bit wonky….
16.45 Enter fifth patient (appointment 15.40). “You’re running a bit late today—did you nod off for a bit?”
18.33 Enter DS Carter and WPC Watmough. Seems grabbing a punter by the neck and squeezing hard amounts to assault.
Hard to believe I know. Still at least Broadmoor might be a bit quieter.