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Spalding OAP asks: 'What is a doctor’s role?'

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A 90-year-old resident has written the following letter to the Spalding Guardian.

What do I think a doctor’s role is? For me a doctor is an extended member of our family.

The doctor is not one to be exploited in any way, but is there to help when his or her help is needed. Someone to turn to when we are at a loss to know the best thing to do relating to health problems.

Not to pester, but to turn to when a health problem arises beyond our reasonable control. Doctors were always there to calm, prevent panic and offer some advice at times of challenging health.

Covid has destroyed our normal lives, we have many safety factors to include in our everyday behaviour. I would always expect the medical profession to stay safe at all times, as I am doing as a normal patient.

What is difficult to understand is the need for total isolation and the massive reduction of face to face consultations. The decision not to see patients face to face has resulted in unreal and intolerable scenes at our local A&E and hospitals in general. The devastating waits for ambulances and paramedics. I am sure that a change in practice would help us to cope better with this problem, and the result would have a far reaching effect on lives. Consider the many patients that are self diagnosing at the moment and sometimes resulting in taking the incorrect medications.

I do not want to see in my children’s lifetime a drop-in centre where you attend and are greeted by robots who diagnose a patient and push medications out of a machine. All of the above has a knock on effect to the thousands waiting for critical operations and treatments, some for over two years.

Please show you care for us, please be there for us.

90-year-old Spalding resident

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