Hi everyone, sorry I have not posted recently but I have been having discussions with our IT department. I asked them about the hospital's policy on blogging and the answer was really what I expected, "Don't do it as you will breach patient confidentiality". Since this report about a doctor abusing the IT system came out there has been a bit of a crack down on IT stuff so I am keeping my head down. I have had a load of things to write about but unfortunately they are too easily recognisable to people. As there are only 5 million people in Scotland and only 5 large cities local stories tend to stick out and therefore identities become known. Once some time has passed and people have forgotten and I can figure out a way to tell the stories without identifying anyone I will write them.
It's almost Christmas - Ho! F'n Ho! - I am of the persuasion that Ebeneezer Scrooge was a badly misunderstood man, I am definitely a Christmas? Bah Humbug! person. This year I am working so I will have to put up with jollity from my colleagues and the result of what happens when people are being happy from my patients. I'm quite sure there will be broken bones, RTA's punch ups and the odd heart attack to keep us busy.
Bit of nostalgia now, in Scotland Christmas was never a holiday. Our holiday was New Year. I remember getting up on Christmas morning going out on the bike I received from Santa and delivering papers, Christmas was a working day in Scotland and it wasn't until the 70's and 80's that it changed. I enjoyed Christmas when my children were young it's just as I've gotten older I can't be bothered with all the nonsense that goes with it - pushing through crowded shops, people laying in enough food to last through a biblical famine - honest the shops will only be closed for 2 days at most and I always seem to get silly presents from my family, I sometimes wonder if they have actually met me. I have been told that what I really need are grandchildren and then my attitude will change. Ah well, I hope YOU all have a good Christmas and Happy New Year.