A GP deals with the death of a much-loved patient


Dr Mrin Nayagam reflects on the death of a much-loved patient.

I lost a patient in early April.

But Anna* was not just “a patient”, she was the most compliant.

I looked after her from her first visit to her last, for more than 16 years. 

Looking at the computerised record, I noted she saw some of my colleagues from time to time, but always when I was away from my post, either on vacation or on sick leave. Humbling!

Folks like Anna are rare.