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heartsink patient Line breaks: heart|sink pa|tient

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Definition of heartsink patient in English:


British informal
(Among doctors) a patient who makes frequent visits to a surgery, complaining of persistent but unidentifiable ailments.
Example sentences
  • 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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