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GP shoulders blame for bizarre accident

Dr Simon Topham is recovering after a bizarre accident in which he dislocated his shoulder while treating a patient with a dislocated shoulder.

After manipulating the patient's shoulder back into place Dr Topham became entangled in the gas and air tubing he had used to sedate the patient. To stop himself falling on the unconscious patient he grabbed at a chair, only for it to swivel away.

Lying on the ground in agony, Dr Topham had to instruct the out-of-hours driver on how to check the patient's status, while an ambulance was called for the two of them. 'It was the worst pain I've ever had. It was nauseating and I could not move,' said Dr Topham, a GP in Louth, Lincolnshire. 'When I tell people how it happened you can see them trying to keep a straight face. That lasts about three seconds.'

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