Day 2: Stop and Say Hello

We’re busy. We walk past many people every day in hospitals. We walk into the operating theatre and demand things done quickly and efficiently. We walk into the wards, do our rounds swiftly and leave. What happens if we stop intentionally and specifically several times during the day to say hello to those we often meet but take for granted? Our colleagues from other specialties, nurses, physios, pharmacists, clerks, receptionists, etc. How would others respond when they see a busy physician or surgeon stop intentionally for 30 seconds to ask them how they are and how their new year celebrations went? Will it leave them with an encouraging impression? Will it help us realize that people we work with do matter?


2 thoughts on “Day 2: Stop and Say Hello

  1. When my son was born I was in hospital for 7 days recovering from severe pre eclampsia, he was in NICU born at 27 weeks. I spent a lot of time lying in bed watching the consultants. My favourite was a locum. By the end of that week he knew every nurse, HCA and cleaner by name. He always asked how they were and how their day was going. He spent time with every patient. His manner was so infectious I noticed a huge change in the attitude of the other doctors, emulating his manner. It was so interesting, and proof that not only can you improve your own practice but by example improve the practice of others simply by setting an example.

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