|But my right leg has the problem!|
It has made me reflect upon how trusting of the professional we all can be. And whilst trust is an essential part of the contract between patient and doctor, I do think it important that the patient should feel comfortable to ask if what is being suggested seems odd, or just simply wrong. In recent days I have heard a few stories of poor care in the NHS. And whilst it's easy to defend such events by claiming the system is under enormous pressure, I feel that whatever the stress of working in such a strained system we owe it to one another, that those off us working in the NHS should do our utmost. I've always tried to practice medicine in a way that would be good enough for my family and think it is no bad aim to bear that in mind with each and every patient interaction. Will we fail sometimes? Of course. Should we aim for perfection? Well no, because that its unattainable. But if I am a patient I do want to know that the health worker treating me is on my side, and is willing to have an open co-operative relationship with me. I often find myself saying to patients struggling with long term difficulties, 'I'm sure we can make headway together'. Instilling hope is such an important part of medicine, and that needn't mean giving unrealistic goals, and of course the patient has their part to play, but I do want to be alongside them cheering them on, answering their questions, empathising and sometime just being there.