I often moan about GP's that leave their patients, who are seriously ill, alone in their waiting rooms, or outside in the street haveing a cigarette. But until today I'd never been to a dentist (which might explain the state of my teeth *ho-ho*)
The patient was a 42 year old female who was 'shaking' on the dentist chair, I arrived and the patient was still in the chair, and was being given oxygen and reassurance from the dentist.
The patient had a long history of these episodes, and the dentist gave me a complete handover, including the social history of the patient, and while I was assessing the patient was still spending time reassuring her. The patient was not suffering from anything serious, but she agreed to go to the hospital for a quick check-up.
I must admit I was really impressed by this dentist for actually caring for their patient – and it is only as I sit writing this that I realise that I'm impressed at a healthcare professional that is actually doing their job.
Isn't that sad…