Dr Pam Rachootin
Medical disaster

I have always been in awe of people who are forced to do their best to survive in trying circumstances.

Jerri Nielsen, the Antarctic doctor who performed surgery and chemotherapy to treat her own

Dr Pam Rachootin11th February 2019


Dr Pam Rachootin recalls a scary tale.

I’m so happy to be here.

I just got out of hospital again. My husband was watching Catalyst, all about open-heart surgery. He called me to come

COMMENTGeneral practice provides a kaleidoscope of opportunities for making mistakes. A colleague told me of her embarrassing mishap after she recalled a patient who had refused to have life-saving

REAL CASESDr Pam Rachootin questions the notion that the doctor-patient relationship is one of power imbalance.One of the heart-warming aspects of my recent cardiac adventure is the response of

REAL CASESWe need to have a heart for cardiac patients, writes Dr Pam Rachootin.The torturers at Guantanamo Bay could learn a thing or two from critical care units (CCU).On my first day in CCU, post

The public needs protection from hazardous levels of noise pollution. It’s funny how things sometimes go full circle in life.Forty years ago, I wrote a thesis on noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) for

I don’t get it. At every turn there is a derogatory article about GPs and the need to protect the public from us.  There is a never-ending need to identify a mythical sector of rogue practitioners. We

The new triennium is here and the RACGP wants GPs to start 2017 by uniting us in synchronised dry retching. As if we didn’t have enough of that with the US election results.By now, as you may have

Nothing is simple anymore, not even free pottery, writes Dr Pam Rachootin.I HAVE made a significant discovery about what really makes my patients happy.It’s not enough for me to be interested and

MY HUSBAND recently lost his job, age 67. After 30 years of service he didn’t get a gold watch. Instead, his colleagues bought him a Fitbit watch, which counts his steps. They want to ensure he keeps

Over the years I’ve been asked where I get my ideas. Well, let me tell you, you can’t make this stuff up. I recently received a hospital discharge letter that included a radiology report on a