Liam Farrell

Our award-winning GP columnist Dr Liam Farrell delivers pearls of wisdom and surreal comedy in his regular despatches from the darker side of general practice.

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Liam Farrell: A GP in my pocket - the upside of smartphone consultations

Liam Farrell: A GP in my pocket - the upside of smartphone consultations

In medicine, as in life, even when nothing is happening, something is happening.

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Liam Farrell: Lowering your risk of death

Joe has strong views on death; he's against it.

Liam Farrell: The difference between health and healthcare

The first rule of Health Club is don't talk about health. Any discussion quickly...

Liam Farrell: Brexit, borders and black markets

Hope springs eternal; life, on the other hand, sucks. Joe was more jaunty than usual,...

Liam Farrell: A hands-on learning experience

The poster presentations at a conference have always seemed rather sad, like the...

Liam Farrell: A different approach to an advance care plan

Joe looked unusually pensive, which cheered me up a bit and added some sparkle to...

Liam Farrell: The day I met my very own Guardian Angel

My sister was admitted to Moorfields Eye Hospital in London a few weeks ago, receiving...

Liam Farrell: Fighting the war against unreason and wasted resources

'Dr X is no good,' said Joe. I perked up at this, a sudden sprinkle of fairy dust...

Liam Farrell: A painful learning experience

Beauty may be only skin deep, but that's deep enough for me. I'm superficial myself,...

Liam Farrell: Looking back on the highs and lows of my time in general practice

On the day I retired from practice I remember standing at the door looking back at...

Liam Farrell: When the day of judgment arrives

When we die, after having CPR and a few complimentary broken ribs, religious folk...

Liam Farrell: GPs are the great constipators of healthcare

The BBC headline was stark and as usual, without context: 'Early warning signs may...

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