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Nothing sad about GP's tropical surgery

Dr Alex Bobak's waiting room has been decked out as a tropical paradise to help patients beat the winter blues.

Two tons of sand and seven-foot palm trees shipped in from Barbados and Hawaii complement lamps designed to combat seasonal affective disorder.Dr Bobak, a GP in south London, teamed up with Virgin Holidays to create the indoor beach.

He intends to pass on the results to Virgin and scientific bodies. Dr Bobak said: 'We wanted to raise the profile of seasonal affective disorder. It's had a lot of interest from patients.'

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