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Thursday, July 09, 2009

Birdman of HurstpierpointI visited Hurstpierpoint Health Centre this afternoon. It's a facility the size of a hospital built in a village the size of a postage stamp. And most of it appeared to be empty. Hurstpierpointians are all loaded, so they probably get a consulting room each.

I didn't stay long today, but we start doing all-day clinics there in August, which is a bit of a worry. It's one thing to have seagulls pooing on your car all day, but in Hurstpierpoint they have an altogether better class of birdlife. Apparently I can expect gangs of marauding peacocks pecking at my paintwork. When they told me that doing the clinic would be another feather in my cap, I didn't realise they meant petrol cap.

But I've been bolstered this afternoon by the news that my next two years of study are essentially unnecessary. On my return from the Sussex countryside, I checked my work e-mails and found one confirming my application for the City & Guilds Certificate in Diabetic Retinopathy Screening. I have two years to complete the online course, before sitting my final exams, but whilst looking at the website this afternoon, I found that you can try a practice exam before you take the real thing. So six weeks into my new job, I decided to give it a try. You're allowed an hour to complete the thing, so I took my time and gave it ten minutes. And...

Medical Practice
I think I can take it easy until 2011.