oa South African Family Practice - The path to OPD : correspondence

Volume 52, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



It was a short distance, no more than 50 yards or so, between the front door of our house and the entrance to the Outpatients and Casualty Department. But it was a huge distance psychologically between home and work, between family and the distress of sick patients. In early years it was unpaved, a dirt road that turned to sticky mud in the summer storms, through which we had to pick our way, step by step, through each one of those 50 yards. It was also part of the main entrance to the hospital, so it was a place of greetings and roadside conversations in Zulu, a familiar, shared space.

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