Plain tales from the surgery 091107

Wise words
I was amused to receive a flyer from our local GUM clinic inviting me to a sexually transmitted infections foundation (STIF) course.

I was also impressed to see that the course was approved by the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH).

These would seem to be highly appropriate acronyms.

Dr Christopher Reid, Lytham, Lancashire

Football crazy
I was on call when I got a call about an elderly patient who had had diarrhoea for a few days and was now becoming dehydrated.

On reviewing his notes, the gentleman did not have any significant medical history and was only on SSRIs. I assessed him at home and it clinically looked like dehydration secondary to diarrhoea. So I discussed with the patient and family about hospital admission. At this point the patient agreed to be admitted provided he was allowed to watch the Newcastle-UEFA cup match which was due to start in a couple of hours' time.

I agreed to discuss it with the admitting medical staff nurse who said that she would do her best to make sure this die-hard football fan watched the match.

Dr Rakesh Bhati, Newton Aycliffe, County Durham

Multi-tasking
An elderly patient of mine was advised by his carers to contact the surgery after a number of falls from his bed.

He said that one of the legs on the bed collapses as soon as he got into bed, which was why he kept falling out.

Now I am not sure if this message was just an explanation or whether I was expected to turn up forthwith, bringing wood and screws with my medical bag

Dr Pamela Young, Hereford, Herefordshire

Poetry in motion
I received a letter from a colleague concerning a family with gastroenteritis. The letter stated that the stool and culture samples for the family were negative. The letter concluded that 'the diarrhoea is likely to be due to the consumption of under cooked poetry'.

I wonder what Byron and Keats would say about this?

Dr Philip Ting, London.

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