Tuesday, 1 July 2014


One problem with hospital medicine is the increasing specialisation. This means that we know more and more about less and less.

Sometimes there will be a situation when juniors in a particular speciality know more about a particular problem then the registrar/consultant.

Hence when I am asked to ring the haematologist to discuss a platelet count of 700 in a person when they had an operation one week ago I roll my eyes in disbelief.

For the tenth time I ring haematology to be told the answer I got last week. They have had an operation and are therefore in a pro inflammatory state. Thus, this is normal. Please don't call us unless it goes above 1000.

But I am an FY2 so if I say this I am ignored.

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