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BallaDoc last won the day on October 23 2019

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  1. Did you know that in a beehive, the queen and all of the workers are female? And that any males (drones) are ejected from the hive when they are no longer useful? And - most disturbing of all - that when a drone copulates with a queen bee, he leaves his genital organs inside the queen and the shock immediately kills him? That is 100% true because I read it in my beekeeping book.
  2. 1. William Hartnell 2. Patrick Troughton 3. Roger Delgado (OK, I know he was the Master not the Doctor but he still gets my vote) The monsters have been a mixed bag over the years. Looking at the old series from the 1960s -1980s it's hard to believe how un-scary some of the "monsters" were (basically people dressed up in papier mache suits) although there have been some perennial favourites like the Daleks and the Cybermen Of the latest iteration of monsters, the Weeping Angels are definitely the scariest - they send me behind the sofa every time
  3. You are correct, I was using "towing" in the loosest sense. The AA came out and loaded my vehicle on to a low loader and took me to the next service station where there was a working charge point. A massive waste of time for all concerned.
  4. The guidance says "All patients should be triaged by phone prior to being given an appointment" but it doesn't specify who should be doing the triaging. In my opinion it's a suboptimal use of resources for the doctors to triage every patient themselves; the triaging is best done by the reception staff. There will always be a few patients who are wrongly triaged, for example, the patients who think we are magicians and can diagnose the most complex problems over the phone without seeing them, and the ones who book a F2F appointment to get a test result which could easily have been given over
  5. As a Nissan Leaf driver, the main problem I find is lack of infrastructure to provide charging points, especially across. The only time I have ever had to be towed was when I was driving on the motorway across, I was being reasonably careful and I ensured that I had enough charge to get to the next motorway service station which had a charge point. When I got there, the charge point was broken and I didn't have enough juice to either get back to the last one or go on to the next one. To be workable, there needs to be significant over-capacity of charge points to ensure that when you arrive
  6. The amazing thing for me is how Covid is pushing people into the limelight who nobody had ever heard of before. I mean, be honest, who had heard of Dr Rachel Glover before this? Or UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance, who is now a regular performer on the box alongside Boris Johnson? It's like watching the tide go out and in the rock pools you find all sorts of weird blobby things with tentacles that you never even knew were things.
  7. My, that brings back memories. I remember the twilight days of ECT too, when they had to call in the anaesthetist to give a quick general anaesthetic, briefly fry the patients brain with a few hundred volts and then wake them up again. Goodness knows what that must have felt like waking up. I also remember the old timers telling stories of the 1950s when the main treatment for serious psychiatric conditions, other than ECT, was paraldehyde (also used by John Bodkin Adams the serial killer). Paraldehyde was so toxic that if given by injection, it used to dissolve plastic syringes so y
  8. I would be interested in a comparison between mental health on the island in the 1980s, and mental health on the island now. Are we less happy now than we were then? When I worked on the island in 1983, one of the first Manx phrases I learned was"traa-dy-liooar" and people seemed more relaxed and easy going than they do now. But maybe that's just me looking back with a rose tinted retrospectoscope (an ingenious medical device which gives you perfect clarity of vision looking backwards).
  9. I just want to make sure I've got this straight in my head. People in work pay taxes to the Government which allows the Government to employ people, fund social programmes and so on. So, fewer people in work means fewer people paying taxes, which means less money for the Government, which means...more Government spending?
  10. Far be it from me to spoil a good story with too many facts, but the article also says that while the total number on the Govt payroll has risen, the number of full time equivalents has fallen, suggesting that people on the Govt payroll are now working on average shorter hours than they were, which could be interpreted as a Good Thing (I think we should all be working shorter hours). http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=58019&headline=Government staff numbers increase&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2020&cat=Politics
  11. My understanding is that the word "main" is a covert reference to "Spanish Main", that part of the Spanish Empire with coastlines on the Caribbean Sea or the Gulf of Mexico, and which was the scene of appalling human rights abuses, genocide and slavery. Source
  12. Occasionally I see patients who have had things done to or for them abroad, and I think I'll start keeping an informal record of which ones went well and which ones went poorly. The only country I can specifically recall at the moment is Poland, and I was not particularly impressed with the outcome of treatment there, but I expect that as in the UK, there are good and bad doctors within the same country and it probably wouldn't be fair to tar them all with the same brush. I've no experience with Lithuania.
  13. Of course GPs are always there to give medical advice and treatment to people who genuinely need it. But we have to try to avoid getting diverted into "grey areas" which are legal / administrative rather than medical and which take us away from our medical duties. For example: someone who is on probation, misses an appointment with his probation officer and then comes in for a backdated sick note so he doesn't get into trouble. Or someone who should self certify for a minor illness for a week but comes in for a sick note from us because "my employer doesn't accept self certification notes"
  14. I feel sorry for the GP who seems to have been dragged into this against her will. The judgement is peppered with phrases like "the medical advice was that she had to self-certificate for a period of 2 weeks", "she acted in accordance with the medical advice from her doctor" and "the advice to self-assess was equal to a sicknote." Our advice to patients at the start of the pandemic was very clear: "We are not issuing any sick notes for self isolation etc. You and your employer need to go read the published Government guidelines and act accordingly". We did that precisely because we didn
  15. Make sure the physical address / location and the phone number you are giving them are compatible with each other, because if they are non-congruent with each other it can do all sorts of funny things to your Apple account
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