The essence remains unchangedBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7441.691 (Published 18 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:691
- Helen Ruth Offman, general practitioners
- Kupat Cholim Clallit, Bet Shemesh, Israel
A recent Filler describing the author's childhood in a medical family prompted memories of my own. My parents had a joint practice in Kirkby, an industrial estate near Liverpool once famously described as “the septic tank of the North.” Until I was 11 years old we lived next door to the surgery, which was purpose built although rather unfit for its function.
A row of heavy filing cabinets separated the receptionists' “office” from the waiting area: this tiny stolen space also doubled as the nurses' treatment room. My mother's room—shared …