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Monk's moments: Home from home

‘Care closer to home’ is one of the latest brainwaves dreamed up by the Department of Health; in-so-far as I understand it, it is all about keeping patients away from hospital specialists who, it is feared, might spend money on expensive investigations and treatments. In fact, I have, not for the first time, beaten them to it. On my very first day as a consultant in October 1987, I was asked by a GP to see a patient as a domiciliary case. A domiciliary visit (DV) was not something that had ever formed part of my training as a senior registrar, and I made a slightly inauspicious start by knocking on the door of the wrong house.
Dermatology in practice 2012; 18(1): 11–11
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