Entry from British & World English dictionary
Definition of heartsink patient in English:
(Among doctors) a patient who makes frequent visits to a surgery, complaining of persistent but unidentifiable ailments.
- I recognised my scrawl and wondered if I had written this in desperation for something to do for another heartsink patient.
- Because such patients may evoke despair, anger, and frustration in doctors, they may be referred to as ‘heartsink patients,’ ‘difficult patients,’ ‘fat folder patients,’ and ‘chronic complainers.’
- Imagine inviting your heartsink patients home for dinner.
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