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'I've met some real characters in the NHS'

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In my experience, the most flamboyant and interesting have been the consultants.

One consultant reminded me of a stereotypical professor with his jolly demeanour, bow tie and braces. He also had a very particular turn of phrase when talking to patients and staff. He would insist that you changed the position of the table when he ran his clinics. He didn’t like the traditional view of sitting behind a desk with the patient sitting opposite. He wanted the table flush against the wall to remove any barriers that might exist.

There was another consultant who was on a crusade to make high-fives a common form of greeting patients.

I mean these doctors no disrespect, they’re just another reason why I love coming into work every day.

On the surface, healthcare may appear to be a dry and sombre affair but thanks to some of the real characters in the NHS we can all get on with the business of caring for patients and enjoy ourselves at the same time.

Do you enjoy meeting eccentric characters on placement, do you think it adds to your enjoyment of the course?


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