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Dr Stewart Findlay

...on stroke, terrible background music and cider smuggling

...on stroke, terrible background music and cider smuggling

The best thing about my practice is my partners and staff are all willing to have a go at new schemes.

And the worst is the terrible background music in the waiting room.

My greatest fear is having an MI like the rest of my family.

The trait I most dislike in myself is being very easily irritated.

The trait I most dislike in others is resistance to trying new ventures or change.

My best feature is my dogged determination.

A patient who wrote a letter addressed to 'Dr Findlay's complaints department' is the funniest thing that has happened to me as a GP.

Once again, the background music in the waiting room is the worst thing about being a GP.

My least attractive habit is snoring – or so I am told.

Only heartburn keeps me awake at night.

NHS management bureaucracy makes me depressed.

My favourite word is impossible – I always see that as the beginning of a new game.

My most vivid schooldays memory is getting six of the best for having copies of keys to the entire school in my possession – thank goodness they never found the cider we had smuggled in.

If I wasn't a GP, I'd be a school teacher – I would enjoy the long holidays.

The best reason for a sicknote a patient has given me was from the man who walked in after a dumper truck rolled over on top of him.

The book I'm reading at the moment is Perfume by Patrick Suskind – sounds girly but it's quite gory!

If I could do one thing to change the world, it would be to introduce a common language.

My greatest achievement is setting up South Durham Doctors, a GP out-of-hours cooperative, with three other GPs.

My guiltiest pleasure is Ardbeg single malt.

The best meal I've ever eaten was at Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons – but I had been trapped in the shower for 30 minutes beforehand as the shower door had jammed shut!

The guests at my ideal dinner party would be Ian Hislop, Paul Merton, Judith Durham, Agnetha Faltskog and Penelope Cruz.

The vehicle I own is a Honda CRV.

My most treasured possession is my grandfather's grandfather clock.


• GP in Bishopgate Medical Centre, Bishop Auckland, Durham
• Treasurer of the Primary Care Cardiovascular Society
• NHS Alliance CHD lead
• PBC chair, Durham Dales

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