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Pumpkin Positive in the Departure Lounge

The BBC reports on the work of Dr Adam Fox, who has compiled a list of the abbreviations doctors use in their notes. These are used, allegedly, to pinpoint the unspeakable truths about their patients:

The increasing rate of litigation means that there is a far higher chance that doctors will be asked in court to explain the exact meaning of NFN (Normal for Norfolk), FLK (Funny looking kid) or GROLIES (Guardian Reader Of Low Intelligence in Ethnic Skirt).

Dr Fox recounts the tale of one doctor who had scribbled TTFO – an expletive expression roughly translated as “Told To Go Away” – on a patient’s notes . . .

Thanks to Tom Baker for this one

22 Responses to “Pumpkin Positive in the Departure Lounge”

  1. Rachel Fox says:

    I had a friend who was a store manager for a well-known clothes chain. He had a very similar system of abbreviations for staff interviews. People need to speak the truth somehow…even if in code!

    jb says: Hi Rachel. Didn’t you just love GROLIES.

  2. Rachel Fox says:

    Yes…so specific!

  3. Peter says:

    I once had some medical students as housemates. They delighted in showing me articles about abbreviations and jocose expressions doctors had for various patient conditions. One article in particular referred to patients brought into emergency rooms. I would imagine that that sort of thing could be useful safety valve for releasing the tension that must accumulate in one who performs such a hard job. It would be shame if doctors were intimidated and harassed out of exchanges of this kind.

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  7. jason ray says:

    I really like this one cheers!

  8. james ray says:

    cool find. Thanks saved this

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  11. Imfashion says:

    HOHO, so specific

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    Can you tell me what template you’re using for your blog? Thanks!

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  13. raleigh child support says:

    FLK (Funny looking kid) LOL! that’s a nice one

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  15. I love the abbreviations. FLK is the best out of it 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us. Cheers. Love you site by the way.

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    Lol! I like the abbreviations. They are very funny.

  17. Lyle and Scott says:

    GROLIES is simply classic. I love that one.

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  20. Hunter says:

    Are they really going to go after what Dr.’s abbreviate in their notes. Not that they could read it even if they wanted to, but if the Dr. needs or wants to abbreviate text just for their own purposes, what business is it of anyone else.

  21. chanchinthar says:

    FLK (Funny looking kid) is real or just for fun. Sounds funny

  22. Bronwyn White says:

    Even the short hand notations are squizzles. Fun article. Thanks