Plain tales from the surgery

Car doctor

One busy morning, as I was driving to the surgery, my car started making a funny noise. It made me anxious regarding visits or a safe journey home.

As luck would have it during surgery one of my patients said that he worked in a local garage.

I dealt with his complaints and then in a meek voice asked him whether he could give me some idea about my problem.

He seemed enthusiastic but said: 'To come to a diagnosis I will have to do a full examination of the car and then I can advise about the fault and treatment.'

I was struck that this sounded very familiar ...

Dr Rishika Sinha, Ingeby Barwick, Stockton-on-Tees

Insect veins

When booking an appointment at my practice, patients are asked for a brief reason for their visit by the reception staff, who then write this alongside their name on the electronic appointment system.

This helps the doctor prepare for what's to come.

However, when I saw that a 70-year-old lady had 'fleabitis' I didn't know what to expect.

Dr Stephen Tomkinson, Fallowfield, Manchester

Hormone detective

A couple came to see me because the wife had gained weight, apparently following a bout of gastroenteritis, and was finding it hard to lose it. They were sure that this was down to her glands.

A number of tests were arranged and a further round of dieting, at the end of which she had gained a couple more kilograms even though the tests had come back normal.

We discussed further options and after consideration the husband said gravely that they would like to be referred to an 'endocriminologist'.

The letter has been written and I wait to see if he can solve their case.

Dr Lyn Jackson, Brislington, Bristol

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