There's one patient all GPs should praise

We all know about heart-sink patients. The 30-year-old with chronic pain and a worker’s comp file three inches thick. The 21-year-old with borderline personality given to storming out with a volley of invective.


We see their names in the waiting room and feel like hiding under the bed. (Well, I do.)

But just as often, and under-recognised, are the glorious patients. They are polite, and they are understanding. They are succinct. They are to be celebrated.

“Sorry to keep you waiting so long," I'd say. "I’m just a bit.