My last ever patient?

I am about to go to and review clinically a patient in what could potentially be my last ever clinical act. I am about to join a comercial company where my medical skills will be utilised in other ways than seeing patients. I guess it is possible that in a manner as unsuspecting as the poor first patient I ever spoke to as a medical student my last patient is waiting for me even as I blog.

It is a strange end to a long chapter of my life and of course need not represent an irreversible step. But seeing patients feels like the only thing I have ever been prepared to do. I wonder what it will feel like not seeing them again?

Sometimes there comes a point though when we realise we need to make our impact via other people, and the thought I am reassuring myself with is that by assisting a commercial company I will be impacting many more lives than I could ever do personally. It still leaves a nagging thought though that I may actually miss this hands on clinical experience. This oportunity to ask any question I like knowing nothing is off limits and too personal. This being paid to scrutinise and make judgements about peoples inner lives.

I wonder how many thousands of people I have started an interview with by saying ‘Hello I’m Dr Adrian Warnock……’ words I am possibly about to say for the last time to a patient who I am clinically responsible for!

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About Adrian Warnock

Adrian Warnock is a medical doctor, and a writer. Since 1995 he has been a member of Jubilee Church London which has sites in Enfield, Wood Green and Ilford. Adrian serves as part of Jubilee's leadership team alongside Tope Koleoso. Together they have written Hope Reborn - How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus, published by Christian Focus. Adrian is also the author of Raised With Christ - How The Resurrection Changes Everything, published by Crossway. Read more about Adrian Warnock or connect with him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.


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