Miss Stepney till the endBMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7157.525 (Published 22 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:525
- Salma Ahmed, researcher in general practice
When I was a GP trainee in the east end of London I was asked to see a patient.
“My sister doesn't seem very well doctor, I can't really explain why but I think she needs a visit. She has cancer you know.” It was late, about 10 pm, and I went along not knowing quite what to expect. I felt slightly guilty about being irritated at having to visit someone who was dying so late at night, but knew that she definitely warranted a visit.
When I got there I saw a 65 year old semiconscious …