Can you guess what kind of people you come across in OPD ( OUTPATIENT DEPARTMENT ) in government hospitals? You must be thinking, why Era is asking such a stupid question, obviously, people who come to OPD are sick, in need of any medical help, maybe suffering from any disease or might have come for their routine check-up. Yes, you all are thinking right, but I can even categorize them.
These are patients, who follow Dr. google religiously and why not that person sitting there, who have studied for so many years, he actually does not know anything.
I can share one example, so I was sitting in medicine opd during my internship, there comes a lady, I was busy checking the B.p of one of the patients, she comes there and waited, till I got free, then I asked her, what happened? She said, Dr, I have these symptoms, and I have googled it is this disease, and this is the medicine what is the dose and is it is correct, I was in shock, literally shock, I thought to myself, why you come here, Google the dose too, then I told her after a think, calm, although, I want to scream, Mam, I am just junior doctor, and don’t have much knowledge about it, do please go to the sir’s cabin. she went there. Actually, I intentionally want her to go to the sir because he knows how to handle them and instructed us for it too.
So, these patients or their relatives are over thinkers and for them a normal headache is brain tumor or cough is lung cancer, this list can go on. They ask us to write all possible tests available. It, sometimes, becomes very difficult to make them understand, tests are not always needed.
3. Those come with their whole family
So, with them their whole family come with a single person and then begins the real thing, they will ask you so sweetly “ab Iska Bhi check-up krdo”, ” dr Sahab AAP Inka Bhi bp check krdo”, “mere bete ko KAL Raat Ek chkh as gyi the koi dawai bta do “, etc etc. And whether there is a long queue outside still you can not deny them.
So, these are not patients, actually, reporters, as they just observe what you are doing, whether we are denying any patient, or have we taken tea and there is a line outside opd room, dr is not even allowed to drink water according to them.
I can share one incidence, so medicine opd timings are 8 am to 2 pm, and it’s already around 3 pm and we all are still sitting in opd, seeing patients, it’s already 1 hr Above and pts are still there, so resident boss asked to close the door as opd has to be shut now and asked the patients to go to the emergency as he is going there for his duty, he does not even deny them treatment, sitting there since morning, have not eaten anything, still, without resting, he asked them to come there, next day, what we see in the newspaper that ” dr ne Kiya opd ka door band ” at least print the truth
These are people who just come to repeat their medicine nothing else
6.old age cuties
They are my personal favorite. They talk with so much care and their blessings always make my day.
They owing to the crowd, steal money, mobile, etc anything
When they come and go we don’t even know
They carry with them a never-ending list of questions and most of them sometimes are totally irrelevant
So, other than, medicine and treatment, they have an interest in knowing about everything else From where we belong, when will we marry etc etc
And list can go on, will continue in next
I hope you all enjoyed reading this, and not got bored, I does not want to hurt anybody or judging them, it is just for fun, I have written it and all patients are always equal for a Dr.
Thank you for reading it .