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To think it's not very professional for doctors to swear?

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HelloKitty76 Sun 03-Mar-19 21:48:24

I've had 8 appointments with this doctor over 2 years, 2 of them on the phone.

Appointment 1 the doctor said 'crap.' OK, not really a big deal.

By Appointment 3 it was 'bloody.'

Now at Appointment 6 and 8, we're onto 'arsehole' and 'fuck.'

Am I just getting old and grumpy?!

(None of these were used in a physiological context, just in case anyone was wondering!).

AnyFucker Sun 03-Mar-19 21:49:15

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TidyDancer Sun 03-Mar-19 21:49:43

Crap and bloody aren't swearing really. Arsehole not great. Fuck not acceptable. What was the context/phrasing for the last two?

Stopandlook Sun 03-Mar-19 21:49:53

Not very professional!! Perhaps trying a laid back approachable manner but that’s going too far.

Bigonesmallone3 Sun 03-Mar-19 21:50:10

In what context..

Namechangeforthiscancershit Sun 03-Mar-19 21:50:18

That does seem more than a bit unusual. Well “bloody” I would say is fine

TheHumanSatsuma Sun 03-Mar-19 21:50:39


Mari50 Sun 03-Mar-19 21:51:46

I saw a consultant in the hospital and he said ‘shit’ didn’t bother me in the slightest. My previous GP was a bit sweary- I kind of liked it, I’m a bit sweary myself so felt I was with my people...
I understand why some people might not like it and think it’s one of those things that has to be carefully judged..... I’m very careful who I’m sweary with....

melj1213 Sun 03-Mar-19 21:52:31

Not exactly professional but depends on the context as to whether it was acceptable.

Katterinaballerina Sun 03-Mar-19 21:52:47

You got ‘arsehole’ and ‘fuck’? Are you didn’t call one of those special phone lines.

HelloKitty76 Sun 03-Mar-19 21:59:09

OK, arsehole was in reference to lots of men.

Fuck was in relation to how hard it is to stick to a diet ('Yes there comes a point where you just think "Fuck it!").

NorthernLurker Sun 03-Mar-19 21:59:13

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NicoAndTheNiners Sun 03-Mar-19 22:01:49

Saying fuck it is better than telling you to fuck off.

He probably couldn't give a fuck.

SpotlessMind Sun 03-Mar-19 22:02:14

I’m a health care professional - I might say ‘bloody’ or, at a push ‘crap’, in front of a patient if I knew them and knew they would consider that normal everyday parlance. I would never say fuck or arsehole in front of a patient, even if the patient themselves were using those words, it’s not appropriate. So I think YANBU, it’s a bit much - it’s a consultation not drinks down the pub.

Sowhatifisaycunt Sun 03-Mar-19 22:09:23

<tentatively asks> was it an Aussie doctor? not that Aussies are unprofessional, but they are sweary ime

GoGoGadgetGin Sun 03-Mar-19 22:11:20

You remember someone saying bloody and crap 2 years ago?!

Meandwinealone Sun 03-Mar-19 22:14:30

Are you bored

Popc0rn Sun 03-Mar-19 22:14:41

Surgeons are the worst for dropping the F bomb!

HelloKitty76 Sun 03-Mar-19 22:16:23

Yes he's an Aussie guy! How did you know? Also a hospital consultant.

I daren't see him again as it's surely only the 'C' word left now...

ChesterGreySideboard Sun 03-Mar-19 22:17:00

DH has had a GP say ‘fuck’ to him.
But this was Brighton.

mrbob Sun 03-Mar-19 22:17:07

I am not sure they are THAT terrible- sympathising with you that men can be arseholes seems fairly benign... If they told you to get fucked then THAT would be inappropriate grin

(Although am doctor in Australia so as PP said we may be somewhat more lax)

MinisterforCheekyFuckery Sun 03-Mar-19 22:18:13

Now at Appointment 6 and 8, we're onto 'arsehole' and 'fuck.'

I was a Nurse for a long time and I never worked with a Doctor who would use either of these words in front of a patient so this surprises me. Crap and bloody are not a big deal though IMO.

mynameiscalypso Sun 03-Mar-19 22:19:45

Depends on the context/relationship you have. My psychiatrist swears a lot but I also swear in appointments too. I don't mind it at all because it makes it seem more relaxed

HelloKitty76 Sun 03-Mar-19 22:22:24

He also puts an awful lot of !!!!!!!!s on his emails. As in long rows of them like that.

HelloKitty76 Sun 03-Mar-19 22:25:17

OK thanks, I think this is an Aussie culture thing.

Chester, I love how you qualify that by saying it happened in Brighton.

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