Ethiopia’s lakeside resort

Published at www.borkena.com. Bahir Dar has always had a holiday kind of feel: a place where people gravitate seeking walks on the shores of Lake Tana or to sip freshly squeezed mango juice overlooking the wide, palm fringed boulevards.The heat and humidity give a tropical feeling to the town,a welcome contrast to the cold nights …

Does it affect your medical defence premium if you phone for advice?

Published at www.lantum.com. Our recent GP survey showed that 52% of you are worried about litigation. However, medical defence premiums are soaring, with the Family Doctor Association reporting a 25% increase based on their member survey.    Many GPs are now worried that it might affect their defence premium if they phone their defence organisation if …

Unenlightened in Nepal

Contributing author to the Bradt Guides anthology of solo travel, Roam Alone The cleft-shaped wooden boat cut through the glassy surface of Lake Pokhara, the boatman a silhouette at the prow in the diminutive shape of the Nepalis. So far, the Nepalese had lived up to their reputation of being kind and gentle.  Around the …

Travel in Ethiopia with Children

No problem… Published at www.borkena.com. Three weeks ago I was sitting on the balcony in a tropical garden in Ethiopia. The weather was gently sunny, parakeets were tweeting in the trees and troupes of monkeys were swinging back and forth providing entertainment. It should have been paradise but all three of us were miserable. I …

The Hilton Addis Ababa

An Addis classic. There to be guiltily enjoyed Luxury hotels proliferate now but the Hilton has served Addis since 1969. It  takes time to appreciate the architecture which initially appears like a lump of concrete but glows pink in the fading sunlight. Notches in the facade were designed to emulate the tiny windows within the …

How to stop worrying as a GP

My only qualification to write this article is I’m a GP that worries a lot… Last week I was worrying about a patient I had seen earlier.  “I should have done some observations,” I thought, lying on the sofa at home.  “What if they were actually really sick?” In terms of the CBT principles, observations …

Why GPs should be wary of Karpman’s Drama Triangle

First published at www.lantum.com. Today Mr Hurting Bone came in steaming because his orthopaedic appointment went badly.  The consultant was rude, he was late, he didn’t explain, and when Mr H Bone asked questions, he ignored him.  When you ask Mr Bone what the consultant did say, Mr Bone says they said nothing.  Nothing!  Mr …

Europe’s refugee crisis: interview with a humanitarian doctor

Claire Davies speaks to Dr Farida Bhatti about her experience volunteering amongst refugees in the Greek Island of Lesbos. Published at www.lantum.com It’s an early November morning on the Greek island of Lesbos. Once a holiday island, its volcanic mountains are dotted with olive groves.  The tavernas are shaded by vines. But Lesbos is now …