Home | Blogs | Dr Speedy Gonzales, the fastest GP in the west

Dr Speedy Gonzales, the fastest GP in the west

idea.nottingham.ac.uk image: Dementia Day to Day blogs banner

care services and care homes, carers

I rang the Doctor's surgery as Wriggly Bum shows signs of another Squamous Cell Carcinoma.

Dr . SG himself came, in his irritatingly flash car (down girl, no need to get bitchy!).

This is the second time he has visited, though the word “visit” itself needs parenthesising, since he stays just long enough toremind me, yet again, that he has X thousand patients, to infer that we are very privileged to have some of his precious time, and to take a cursory glance at the problem, which he will “refer”.

It seems hardly worth closing the door when he has stepped in, only to have to open it again a few seconds later to let him out.

I try, I really, really try, to live by the mantra (of Bambi's poor, ill fated Mum, I think – could be wrong) “if you can't say somefink nice, don't say nuffink at all”, but in Dr SG's case it is extremely difficult. It is even more difficult to find anyone in the vicinity who has a good word for him. But what is it about Doctors, that no-one feels able to stand up to them? Why do they leave it all to me? I have twice challenged the GP in question about his arrogance, about his duty of care, and his penchant for talking me down, rather than listening to me.

Since these spats, he now eats out of my hand, though sadly there is little change in his manner. If only his other detractors wouldspeak to his face, rather than behind his back, I'm sure he would begin to realise that he must be more user friendly, and be seen to justify his posh set of wheels.

Me, why, I even tell God when I'm a bit naffed off with Him, so I cannot understand this blind reverence and fear of upsetting a GP.

Maybe I'm just a fool. Or not a nice person. Or both.

The truth is that, much as we try to put on a 'I can manage perfectly well' face, we carers do need props which we can, from time to time, lean on. GPs should be such a prop, and often they aren't.

Your comments

You'd be very welcome to leave a comment on this blog post.  You do need to be logged in to leave a comment, if you don't already have a username and password you can register here.

Your comment won't appear straight away as we'll need to check it first: thank you for your patience.

When leaving comments please bear in mind our posting rules.

See more like this


Each year, on the eve of my birthday, some very dear and thoughtful friends arrive.


I would describe my husband as kind, gentle, caring, appreciative, loyal, friendly, generous, tolerant, forgiving, uncomplaining, courageous, stoical, helpful, polite, well mannered...


As it is not easy to get out for any length of time, I now do most of my non-food shopping on line.

Generally speaking, this works very well, and I have mostly good experiences.