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Dr Stephen Fox

... on sheds, elephants and mistreatment

... on sheds, elephants and mistreatment

Practising in a shed has taught me patients will ignore everything as long as you sit down and listen to them and treat them as you would like to be treated.

If I could put anyone in a shed for 12 years, it would be the Government, with all the stress and time pressures that being a GP entails.

The best thing about my practice is my dedicated, hard-working team.

The worst thing about my practice is too many patients and not enough time.

The person that has influenced me most is Rafe Marcus, consultant surgeon in my first house job.

My favourite fictional doctor is Trapper John Macintyre from M*A*S*H.

The trait I most dislike in myself is being such a perfectionist.

The trait I most dislike in others is not being perfectionists.

My best feature was identified as a medical student – a patient said I had eyes like David Copperfield from Dickens; one pure benevolence and the other cold calculation.

My favourite animal is the elephant; they remember those who've wronged them.

If my life was a song it would be The Beatles' Fool On The Hill.

The vehicles I own are a new BMW Z4, my old transit van, two Douglas motorcycles (1947 and 49, which took six years to restore) and a monkey bike.

My most treasured possession is my sandalwood carved elephant, which I bought in Mysore. It weighs 50kg.

My least attractive habit is carrying cameras everywhere.

My favourite word is oh bugger. (My practice manager thinks it's effective).

Being treated by consultants as if we are their unpaid housemen is the most annoying thing about being a GP.

My greatest achievement is surviving divorce.

My guiltiest pleasure is eating any type of wild food and game.

The book I'm reading at the moment is We Of The Never Never, by Aneas Gunn.

f I could do one thing to change the world, it would be to show those patients who are ungrateful to the NHS what a good deal they get in comparison with India.

The best meal I've ever eaten was a 'blue' steak in Dubai after three weeks in India, eating all local vegetarian food.

I relax by cooking, eating and enjoying brown water (usually beer, cider or Scotch whisky).

My most vivid schooldays memory is hating sport, especially rugby.

The guests are my ideal dinner party would be Hippocrates, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Winston Churchill, Captain James Cook or any explorer, innovator or visionary.

CV

• GP in Leigh, Mancheste

r• After 12 years, his practice is moving from temporary premises into a new building

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