We are constantly striving to develop the multidisciplinary element to the clinic. We had a recent afternoon event involving most of our practitioners and it was great to hear the buzz of conversation around the discussion of mutual cases or simply how one practitioner or another treats a certain condition. We will resolve to get together on a more regular basis to further encourage this co-operation.
We feel very lucky to have a team of such experienced practitioners, who are quick to recognise what they can and cannot treat. It is interesting how so often a protocol is followed but actually the end result is no definite diagnosis, just a series of answers. This was highlighted to Mark recently when his father-in-law was unwell: He presented with an unusual set of symptoms and has a history of recent minor strokes. He had three separate visits to different hospitals and on each occasion he was sent home simply being advised to “ask your GP for anti-nausea tablets” and “your double vision is probably due to lack of food”. Of course there are plenty of times when we are unable to make a specific diagnosis but this is the time when a referral is most important. To refer on requires a belief in your understanding and knowledge plus EXPERIENCE of what is normal pain etc.