My accident and emergency attachment
Jonny Martin splits his attachment between John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, and Craigavon Area Hospital, Portadown, and appreciates their differences It is often said that time is one of the greatest resources a medical student has. Only s/he can spare enough to tease out the finer points of a patient's history. Their neighbour's cat's social activity may not be directly relevant to their renal failure, but it can allow the humble student to set up a rapport with the patient that would put a Macmillan nurse to shame. In the fast paced arena of acute medicine, however, the medical student must learn, perhaps for the first time, to ration what becomes a most precious commodity.
In the John Radcliffe Hospital, as a new medical student on the “front door”, when you see a patient, time is everything. You have 10 minutes. After this, the curtain is pulled back so a face