Other possible scenarios
- The acutely ill patient
Bill is 55 and is normally well. There is a phone call for a house visit from his wife. It is 2pm and she says “he has been in bed for 2 days with a dreadful cough and is sweating, if he tries to stand he is dizzy, he is not eating and hardly drinking".
- The “personal” problem
Billy is 19 and rings and asks for an appointment with a female doctor. There are none available and the duty doctor is male. When she is asked about her problem she says “its personal”.
- The house bound patient with diabetes
Bill is 80 and has diabetes. He doesn’t get out due to poor mobility. He is overdue his annual diabetic check.
- End of life care
Bill is 63 and has pancreatic cancer at an advanced stage. He has recently deteriorated and has some issues with pain.
- Suspected cancer
Bill is 54 and has altered bowel habits and rectal bleeding.