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DOCTORS' WAITING ROOMS To the Editor Many years of medical practice qualifies me to give "Returned" the doctor's point of view. I would like to have so comfortable and attractive a waiting room that the wait is not irksome. Easy chairs and good upholstery, with carpeted floor, recent issues of magazines and periodicals in a snug but roomy "den" would be the desire of the doctor, and the wa it—admittedly long in many cases —would not. be wearying. But it simply just can't be done. As always, the minority of the public defeats all good intentions and generous ideas put into practice. In a week my ideal waiting room would be a sorry mess. "Returned" would find the ideal conditions if he could eliminate certain people—that minority—or else educate them to respect other people's property. Comfortable conditions will not allow the following: Cigarette butts stubbed into the floor with the boot, or left burning on the floor or table, despite ashtrays provided; "mummy's pet," wholly unrestrained, ripping the wallpaper or tearing pages out of magazines, or wiping furniture and fittings with smudged fingers and super-added saliva. Even adults will "borrow" a periodical or book in toto. or in other cases remove any page that "appeals." A good floor covering will not stand up to mud or dust tramped in plentifully with no thought of the door mat. As for cramped space, most waiting rooms were built for private practice, apart from social security, which has produced over-crowding by many people who in former days would not think of the doctor for some of the trivial matters brought now for professional advice. My nurse could enlarge on this more fully, and, I know, more forcibly, for she tries to keep the waiting room in some sort of order—no easy job and often unpleasant if and when it comes to cleaning up tobacco juice and saliva from the corner. This small proportion of our patients responsible for these shortcomings do actually render it impossible to keep the waiting room we would like. GENERAL PRACTITIONER.

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CORRESPONDENTS' VIEWS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 173, 24 July 1945

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CORRESPONDENTS' VIEWS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 173, 24 July 1945