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Dr Bill Lettington

...on bread and butter and Blankety Blank

...on bread and butter and Blankety Blank

The best thing about my practice is having a personal list and knowing my patients as individuals.

The worst thing about my practice is the high list turnover, making it a lot harder to know my patients and build up a clinical picture.

My greatest fear is that I will miss an important diagnosis that could be life-saving such as prostate or breast cancer.

The trait I most dislike in myself is my sneaking desire to be a psychiatrist seeing only 50 patients a week.

The trait I most dislike in others is the tendency in some patients to go through a fairly full history and examination and then start again with another problem at the end of the consultation.

My funniest moment as a GP was when after giving many weeks of stop-smoking counselling to a middle-aged lady she told me she had quit. In the presenceof myself and her husband she ceremoniously destroyed and binned her paraphernalia. That evening I decided to take a different route home and saw my patient walking home and carrying a very large bag. Intuitively I felt I should look in her bag. It was full of cigarette cork tips.

Time constraint is the most annoying thing about being a GP.

Choose and Book makes me angry because so many patients just can't cope with the complexity. And I'm angry with it because so many patients miss out on getting an appointment.

If Choose and Book was a game show it would be Blankety Blank.

My most treasured possessions are my grandchildren.

My favourite word is cure.

My hero is St Cuthbert.

The guests at my ideal dinner party would be the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Bill Clinton, Elton John, Jon Snow, Samira Ahmed and Rowan Williams.

My favourite fictional GP is Doctor Finlay.

If I wasn't a GP, I'd be a criminal lawyer.

Hawaii is the place I would most like to practise as a GP.

'I was holidaying in Jamaica' is the best reason for a sick note a patient has given me.

My next holiday is going to be a trip to Belfast.

I relax by sitting on the seafront listening to the waves.

The book I'm reading at the moment is Life in a Monastery.

My guiltiest pleasure is eating bread and butter.

The thing that annoys me most in the world is hypocrisy.

My greatest achievement was fundraising for a patient when the NHS would not pay fora scan.


GP in Lewisham, south-east London

Supporter of Pulse's IT campaign with serious concerns over Choose and Book

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