Going potty

Kirsten Due
Med J Aust 2017; 207 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja17.00687
Published online: 11 December 2017

Asking the right questions may help avoid being seen as a loco locum

“Mrs Parsons,” I called into the crowded rural waiting room full of discharging paediatric noses and of coal miners yawning after the night shift. An older woman heaved herself into a standing position with effort — teetered as if she were not sure whether she could fully rise — then wobbled towards me on her two canes, giving the appearance of a stiff four-legged creature. Finally, the surprisingly cheery woman was seated and began pulling up her trouser leg to reveal a recalcitrant ulcer. For 3 months, she had been travelling the 80 km to attend her biweekly dressings.

  • Angaston, SA


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