Curtains for confidentialityBMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7301.1532 (Published 23 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1532
- Annette Steele, general practitioner
- Notting Hill
My memorable patient was not my patient, but while sharing a ward with her she taught me about privacy. I had already noticed her, pacing up and down the gynaecology ward. As she strutted to and fro, she stood out quite markedly from the other women sitting in bed knitting: she was very skinny, wore improbably high platform shoes and tight jeans, and had rather disorderly make up and hair.
“‘Ello,” she said as I slid further down under the covers in a vain attempt to avoid conversation. The track marks on her arms caught my eye. “I'm in ‘ere with gallstones. But it's OK. They ain't going to operate. They're going to wait for …