Seeing the messageBMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7568.574 (Published 14 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:574
- Chetan Suresh Modi, senior house officer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- cardiothoracic surgery, New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton
All NHS patients attending hospital have their religion diligently documented in a box somewhere in the case notes, but we tend to forget that sometimes our patients' beliefs are more important for them than anything we might be able to offer.
I recall clerking an anxious patient admitted for coronary artery bypass grafting and being surprised that he was in deep discussion with the hospital priest. I settled down to …