Fillers A memorable patient

A ship too far

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 17 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1182
  1. Sajid Mahmud (, specialist registrar
  1. Wrexham Maelor Hospital, Wrexham

    We saw the look of despair in his eyes as his trolley was wheeled out of the anaesthetic room. After a long wait, the news had come from the intensive care unit that his operation had to be postponed because, as often happens, no bed was available. Unfortunately, the last bed had been claimed for a patient who had taken an overdose. We trainees, too, had our reasons to be disappointed at the postponement, since this was to be the first laparoscopic radical gastrectomy for distal gastric malignancy performed in our …

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