A memorable locum job

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 08 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1391
  1. Stan Bloxham, general practitioner (retired) (
  1. Clent, Worcestershire

    “Today you go to root.” Surely a curious instruction to a trainee general practitioner starting his first locum job. As the principal raised herself in her sick bed and went on to tell me where the various visits were and the characters of the patients concerned, I eventually realised she was talking about the village of Wroot.

    After the five mile drive along an empty ditch-lined road through the fens, I spent the morning listening to inarticulate, generally healthy folk giving histories of “bellyache” or “spots.”

    Returning to the surgery, I had to make up the medicines for the last Wroot patient seen to collect. In the tiny dispensary …

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