The Patient’s Patience, or the Computerside Manner . . .

The General Practioner







PING !      Mr. Payshent.      Dr. Killin.      Room 35.

Tap, tap.

Come in !

Morning Doctor. I trust I find you well ?

Yes, thank you. Have a seat. Now what can I do for you ?

Doctor peers at computer screen . . .

Well, I . . .

How long is it since you had a blood test . . . let me see . . . nothing since last Wednesday.

Yes, that’s right. Was the result OK ?

Yes, yes, fine. Um. We’d better have another one I think.

Oh ! Do I fix that at the desk ?

No, I’ll do it on here . . .

Doctor taps furiously on keyboard . . .

There, that’s done. Tuesday, 2.00 pm. That OK with you ?

Er. Yes, I think so. If when I get home I find it’s no good I’ll ring through and change it.



Doctor peers at computer screen . . .

Let me seeeeee . . .      Come and see me again in two weeks. I’ll get that entered now . . .

Doctor taps furiously on keyboard . . . scribbles on appointment card . . .

There, come and see me then and we’ll see how you are getting on.

Thank you Doctor.



Exit Mr. Payshent . . .

About The Author

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