VOLUNTARY EUTHANASIA SOCIETY OF SCOTLAND NEWSLETTER / JANUARY 1998
GP “codes” - and what your doctor thinks of you!
Bristol University lecturer Phil Hammond, according to a Times article
(20.12.97), has leaked details of secret codes used by GPs to warn colleagues
of “difficult” patients.
TATT - tired all the time
OAP - not an “old age pensioner” but a mother comes in fussing over a child
- the over-anxious parent
TEETH - a hypochondriac for whom nothing works - tried everything else,
PAFO relates to someone in accident and emergency who was admitted “pissed
and fell over”.
SIGs are a bit objectionable or, to put it more succinctly, stroppy ignorant
NFB in Taunton can refer to mentally disturbed patients, known colloquially
as normal for Bridgewater, just as NFA in Winchester stands for normal
Young male doctors may also boast to their colleagues about how many TUBEs
they have performed on female patients. This is not a difficult throat
procedure but a totally unnecessary breast operation
So next time you glimpse strange acronyms on your medical files there may
be more to them than meets the eye!
Speaking of which, make sure that the initials “LW” are at the front of
your File - they stand for “living will” and indicate the presence of such
a document in the file. The VESS blue-and-white attention sticker is the
handiest way to draw attention to this.