So, to help poor, hard-working GPs feel the spirit of seasonal goodwill, I have teamed up with GPonline and Dr Read of Read code fame to bring you a classic Christmas poem with a medical twist.
Who among us doesn’t possess an inner geek? One that loves to stretch the Read code system to breaking point and beyond?
I know I do…so – grab a space under the EMIS-TLETOE, build yourself a SNOWMEDMan, and enjoy the following poem, which I have lovingly transcribed (using EMIS Web) from the 1823 original by Clement Clarke Moore.
I believe it may well be the first part-English/part-Read code Christmas poem in history.
Not a creature was stirring, not even a 43lW.
The 8D430 were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.
Greetings of the Season to one and all!
Eat, drink and – above all – be merry.
|Festive Read code glossary
R2yz-1 = God only knows
1BX9 = Light sleep
D301-1 = Christmas disease
13CA = Housebound ***
43lW = Mouse urine rast test
8D430 = Anti-thrombotic stockings
8C93 = Children reassured
1A220-1 = Bedwetting
44T3-1 = Post-prandial blood sugar
AD20-1 = Head lice
M1180-1 = Cradle cap
7N00 = Brain tissue
TG40 = Accident caused by powered lawnmower
PB30 = Hirschprung’s disease (sorry)
F21Y6 = Vanishing white matter disease
ALLERGY999NEMIS = Adverse reaction to Sash
9NfK = Requires info in Moon alphabet
9OHE = Patient breast aware
U100 = Fall involving ice and snow
22D2 = Hair lacks lustre
8344E = Below knee non weight-bearing cast
22E1 = Eyes - NAD
47H = Faeces Appearance
A21-1 = Deerfly fever
9EG = Disabled driver badge report
62O1-1 = Quickening
M12y8-1 = Nickel Sensitivity
R050-1 = Rapid Heartbeat
9Y0= Patient came for a second opinion
PKy53 = Whistling face syndrome
1P40 = Inappropriate shouting
0465 = Dancer
ALLERGY1836 = Adverse reaction to alka-donna
1D22 = Chest wall
38Qm = D.A.S.H. checklist