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Why do hospital consultants write like this?

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GadaboutGran Thu 25-Jul-13 20:52:58

Just had another letter from a hospital consultant to my GP thanking him for referring this 'very pleasant lady'. This always makes my blood boil as it seems so patronising & arrogant. Do they say the same about men? What do they say about unpleasant people & would they treat them differently? Who says I am a lady or pleasant anyway? Pleasant like 'nice' sound so bland & unexciting! As usual I had to be far from 'pleasant' as I had to be a 'nuisance' to get treated in a reasonable time & I wasn't very complimentary about the A&E nurse who'd missed the fracture & made me do exercises.

Ella46 Thu 25-Jul-13 20:57:46

My surgeon wrote exactly the same thing about me, it must be a stock phrase!

Mishap Thu 25-Jul-13 21:06:19

Me too - I'm a pleasant lady too apparently!!

Galen Thu 25-Jul-13 21:13:12

Yes they do say the same about men! I suspect that since patients have the right of access to their records they're scared of tellin the truth!
Dear Dr --
I saw your old harridan of a patient in my clinic today! She presented as a miserable old bitch with a lamentable attitude to her very minor problems. Etc, etc, etc!

Ana Thu 25-Jul-13 21:14:16

grin Galen!

MiceElf Thu 25-Jul-13 21:14:43

I was described as delightful

Bags Thu 25-Jul-13 21:15:12

It's probably code for something you'd rather not read!

Bags Thu 25-Jul-13 21:16:00

Oh! galen, who would know, beat me to it! grin

MiceElf Thu 25-Jul-13 21:19:56

Probably means 'bloody awkward and says too much'

Aka Thu 25-Jul-13 21:21:02

Made me smile at the end of a bad day Galen thank you smile

Mishap Thu 25-Jul-13 21:21:54

PGM in the notes used to be shorthand for Poor Genetic Material - they would not get away with that now!!

Galen Thu 25-Jul-13 21:24:59

NFW normal for Wednesbury. GOK God only knows!

Mishap Thu 25-Jul-13 21:26:48

How ever did they get away with it!

Galen Thu 25-Jul-13 21:31:15

I remember my father writing a line of music in his patients notes! When I asked what it meant, it was the tune for "tell me the old old story!"

janeainsworth Thu 25-Jul-13 21:33:41

What about the GROLIES - Guardian-reading older women in ethnic skirts grin

Tegan Thu 25-Jul-13 21:34:43

Many years ago I worked at a Labour exchange [remember them?]. One of my colleagues had been writing notes about someone he was interviewing and was called away; he returned to find that she'd been able to see what he'd written which was 'says she's 35 but looks much older' confused.

janeainsworth Thu 25-Jul-13 21:34:54

PITA = pain in the a*se
or, if challenged = patient in terrible agony

Stansgran Thu 25-Jul-13 21:36:21

FLK funny looking kid. Up here normal for Bishop Aukland. If they don't say you're pleasant might mean what Galen said

gracesmum Thu 25-Jul-13 21:39:03

SEN department acronyms I have heard of:
NFN - normal for Norfolk (sorry)
AWTF - away with the fairies
SC - Space cadet

However, I like the fact that DH is described as "this pleasant gentleman" but have my doubts about "accompanied by his wife" as if I am the old harridan whereas I am there because DH has a habit of replying "Fine" whenever he is asked how he is and forgets all the things he was planning to report/ask. Also, despite hearing aid, he sometimes misses things altogether.

vegasmags Thu 25-Jul-13 22:20:47

Not to mention BUBAR eg of bad knee - buggered up beyond all repair

Nelliemoser Thu 25-Jul-13 22:36:40

We should make them send us copies and that would stop them being so condescending.

We used to hear the term "pleasantly confused" about some elderly people. It can never be pleasant to be confused but some people can be confused and pleasant and those who could be confused and unpleasant.

Or put more sensitively, those poor souls whose confusion had left them very distressed and aggressive or agitated. A whole different ball game when it came to finding care.

Galen Thu 25-Jul-13 22:44:53

You can request to be copied in!

Galen Thu 25-Jul-13 22:45:13


Ana Thu 25-Jul-13 22:53:48

Think I'd rather not know!

HUNTERF Thu 25-Jul-13 23:06:47

I can not remember the exact wording but our previous doctor retired about 4 years before Dad died and we had seen him several times walking his dog.
He did drop a note in the door saying it was always an honour to treat Dad and it was always a pleasure seeing him walking with Andie.
I don't think that was a standard note.