Dr Christopher Stephen James Grant, General Practioner – dealing with

One of our readers claims that when he saw Dr Grant about a frequency problem he was experiencing – increasingly he was having to get up to 2 or 3 times a night to go to the toilet, which was making it harder and harder for him to get a good nights’ sleep – he referred him to Dr Andrew Brooks, Urologist, for his help.

Dr Brooks recommended and carried out a TURP operation, which our reader claims involved him in:-

  • Having an operation under a full anaesthetic, which always has it’s risks.
  • Two very uncomfortable days in hospitals.
  • Expenditure of more than $6,000, even after rebates from Medicare, including Brooks’ fee of $3,200 for less than an hours’ work.

none of which helped with the frequency problem in any way, AND, the TURP damaged him for life in a highly personal way, it can’t be reversed.

Two questions obviously arise from this. Firstly, did Grant know these things were likely to happen, if he referred him to Brooks, or didn’t he know, but still, for whatever reasons, referred him any way? And secondly, which of these is the worst?

In relation to this, one of the four different people who have contacted us, over the years, complaining about the posts we’ve put up about Brooks, (when all we’ve ever done is put up our reader’s side of the story, at the same time sending Brooks more than 20 emails providing him with opportunities to let us and our readers know his side of the story,) happened to mention that Brooks, from time to time makes “contributions” to General Practitioners to help them in running their practices, which he described as a “norm” for the industry!!! Which obviously raises the possibility that Grant was continuing to refer patients to Brooks so he could continue to receive his “contributions,” (which most people would call “bribes.”) And Grant has been sent emails asking him if he’s ever received one of Brooks’ “contributions,” the emails haven’t even been acknowledged, let alone responded to. In fact, Grant has blocked emails from both our reader and us.

(Of course, we believe Brooks should be in gaol! – there would be lots of people in gaol for doing less physical damage to people than Brooks did to our reader. And we believe Grant should be in gaol as well.)

None of the things set out above would be news to any of those who have been readers of our blogs at all. So why are we repeating them? Because, we’ve been working on finding good health care workers and avoiding those who are not so good for more than 11 years now, and, increasingly we’re coming to believe that it’s all the fault of us, the people. There’s an old saying that, “We get the politicians we deserve,” and increasingly it’s becoming obvious to us that we get the health care workers we deserve. In fact, we’re starting to be surprised there aren’t more crooks out there – we, the people, are so slack in choosing which health care workers we choose to use. We bet, although we intend to look into this further, that none of the above, no matter how many times it’s put up on our blogs or elsewhere, has made a scrap of difference to Dr Grant’s practice, or Dr Brooks’ practice?

We, the people have got to change. If we continue to use the Grants and Brooks of this world, we have no one else to blame except ourselves.

In relation to this, our reader advises that, when, some 5 years ago, he was tossing up whether to accept Grant’s advice and see Brooks, he DID send emails out to 2 or 3 other Urologists, and got a response from a Dr Paul Sved, (who he’s subsequently come to believe is one of the best doctors on the planet,) who expressed the opinion that there were lots of treatments for the frequency problem to consider before surgery – but, in the end, he decided to go along with the advice of Dr Grant, who he’d been using for 5 or 6 years, and thought was quite good. What a horrible way to learn how wrong he was!

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“Patient and Family Experience Units” in NSW Government Hospitals 1

We’ve recently become aware of claims that the Royal North Shore government hospital has had a Patient and Family Experience unit, (previously named the “Patient Liaison Team,”) for 15 years, and further, that “All local health districts and specialty health networks in NSW provide a similar service to the Patient and Family Experience Unit at Royal North Shore Hospital. They have dedicated positions responsible to responding to patient, family and carers’ feedback.” – see the email from Natasha Maclaren-Jones, the Parliamentary Secretary for Health, dated 21 Jan. 2020, shown below.

We think this could be important information for those having anything to do with NSW government hospitals.

However, we very much suspect that these claims could be more nonsense from Ms Maclaren-Jones!

We’ll soon know, as this has just, on 25 Jan. 202o, been emailed to the CEO of the Westmead Government hospital.

Our readers and our own experiences in attempting to deal with the Westmead Government Hospital in the past would indicate that it’s extremely unlikely that this email will even be acknowledged, let alone responded to. We’ll let you know what actually happens.

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Dr Kerrie Meades, Ophthalmologist – dealing with

One of our readers reports that ten years ago, in 2010, he was referred to Dr Meades for help with his developing double vision, and that his experiences with her and others in her rooms was so unsatisfactory that he made a formal complaint to the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission, and that when the Commission contacted Meades, she told them lie after lie after lie.

One of her many lies was that the reader had been “difficult to treat” because he had refused to have a cataract operation “as was clinically indicated,” and so she had concluded he was a hopeless case. Of course, the completely and utterly hopeless Commission fell for this “hook line and sinker,” (despite, amongst other things, the fact that we have never been able to find any claims that cataracts and double vision are connected in any way?) and the complaint was dismissed, and requests for the complaint to be reviewed have also been dismissed.

We make these allegations because our reader reports that he’s recently seen another Ophthalmologist who’s told him he still doesn’t need a cataract operation, more than ten years later!!!

It’s difficult not to start suspecting that Meades may have been making an industry out of carrying out cataract operations on unsuspecting patients when they didn’t need them ten years ago, and may still be doing it.

Attempts have been made to email Meades to get her side of the story, but she has blocked all emails both from our reader and us. And we will send a copy of this post to Sue Dawson, the Health Care Complaints Commissioner, and, of course, she won’t even acknowledge it – we’ve never been able to get any indication that Ms Dawson cares about things like this, or, in fact, anything. And we’ve never been able to get any indications from  Governments like the Berejiklian Government, that they care about things like this either.

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Being on Low Dose Naltrexone

As we’ve mentioned, one of our readers, a retired GP, says that, historically, there have been four really significant medical breakthroughs – Antibiotics, Antidepressants, Anti-inflammatories, and Immunization. And further, that to these four can now be added a fifth, which he says is as significant as any – Low Dose Naltrexone. And we’re getting the impression that Low Dose Naltrexone may be the most significant of them all!

It has been estimated that if everyone in Australia was on Low Dose Naltrexone, we’d need 20% less doctors – people would be consulting their doctors less often, they would be spending less time in hospital and so on and so on.

Is this an explanation as to why so few doctors seem to be getting into the business of advising on and perhaps prescribing it? why it’s so hard to find one who is? Whatever the explanation, to us, the extent to which so few doctors seem to be doing this is just remarkable.

There’s such a conflict of interest – so many vested interests, huge Pharmaceutical companies, and perhaps many doctors, interested in there being more sick people, not less.

It’s going to be interesting to see how this all plays out. For instance are our politicians ever going to be doing anything about the fact that LDN perhaps could be saving taxpayers billions and billions of dollars? Or perhaps whether it’s more important to them to have the doctors onside?

But whatever happens, it’s got nothing to do with the fact that we the people, you and I, can be experiencing the benefits of being on LDN today, right now.

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Another story of misdiagnoses 2

If you use this link you will be taken to an account put together with one of our readers of his experiences in dealing with the problem of red blotches on his penis – also quite extraordinary!

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Another story of misdiagnoses 1

If you use this link, you will be taken to an account put together with one of our readers of his experiences in dealing with the problem of wetness and itchiness around his anus – quite extraordinary!

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Reward systems

We, ourselves, live under what can be called “reward systems,” and all day every day, we deal with people and organisations that operate under them – some things that we and they do and say are rewarded more than others, making it more likely that we and they will do and say the things that get rewarded the most.

They are related to what one famous management writer describes as “The Greatest Management Principle in the World” – “THE THINGS THAT GET REWARDED GET DONE.”

An illustration of what we’re talking about is provided by the Andrew Brooks, Sydney Urologist, story.

As we’ve reported before, one of our readers reports that he was referred to Dr Brooks for help with what is called the “frequency problem” – he was having to get up 2 or 3 times a night to go to the toilet, which made it harder for him to get a good night’s sleep.

Dr Brooks’ diagnosis was that it was because his bladder, as he’d become older, had, for various reasons, become reduced in size so that it’s capacity was less than 200 mls, so that every time his bladder had 200 mls of urine in it it was full, and he had to get up and go to the toilet.

As our reader was to find out afterwards, the diagnoses provided by other Urologists, (which subsequently proved to be the right ones,) were completely different – that, as our reader had grown older, his bladder had become too weak to empty itself properly, so that after he’d been to the toilet it was still partly full, and so it was full sooner than it had been in the past.

Dr Brooks’ advice was that, if he carried out a TURP operation on him, his bladder would return to a more normal size comparatively quickly, and when our reader underwent the TURP it didn’t fix the frequency problem in any way!!! as Dr Brooks subsequently admitted in writing. And the advice of other Urologists would have been that very little could be done about a weak bladder at his age – something that is still so.

BUT! and this is the point – Dr Brooks got a fee of $3,200 for carrying out the TURP operation, whereas, if our reader had seen the other Urologists, the fees they would have got from him wouldn’t have been much, for providing the advice that nothing could be done. In other words, Dr Brooks got rewarded more for doing the wrong thing, than the two other Urologists did for doing the right thing!!!

(We could give many other examples of this sort of thing, and will try to do so in due course.)

Our reader reports that subsequently, when he made the comment to the GP that had referred him to Dr Brooks that, “I think he’s just wanting to build up a nest egg for his retirement,” the GP just laughed, saying, “I think Dr Brooks would have lots of nest eggs already!”

If, as we suspect, if Dr Brooks was/is filthy rich, and the other Urologists to whom we have referred were/are not nearly as well off, we’re sure it wouldn’t surprise anyone – and if this is how it is, it would be because of of the reward systems under which Sydney Urologists work.

More later.

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Dr Andrew James Brooks – Sydney Urologist 7

An email just sent, (on 10 May, 2019,) to Dr Brooks.

We’re not expecting a response as we’ve sent him at least 20 other emails asking for “his side of the story” which haven’t even been acknowledged, let alone responded to – but we’ll let you know if he responds to this one!!!!

A 15 May, 2019 update: A few weeks ago we had a phone call from one of Dr Brooks’ henchmen saying that what we were putting up on our blogs and websites was starting to affect his practice and that we owed Dr Brooks an apology!!!!!?????. Our readers will guess how we responded – that we would be more than happy to put up on them his side of the story if he could send it to us. As we’ve said, we’ve sent him at least 20 emails inviting him to tell his side of the story, but he doesn’t even acknowledge them, let alone provide any responses. And the email shown above is yet another one, that 5 days later, he hasn’t acknowledged, let alone provided a response to.

Of course, even though our emails have been sent to two email addresses we have for him, and they haven’t come back, we realise that, if it ever became relevant, Dr Brooks would deny receiving them.

What we’ve learnt the hard way, and say now, is that if we send an email to any one, and it’s not even acknowledged within 14 days, even if we haven’t got one of those emails back saying that it can’t be delivered, that, if ever it becomes relevant, the addressee will ALWAYS deny that he or she got it.

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Finding the best medical specialists to deal with

To find the best medical specialists to deal with, what we strongly recommend, (and do ourselves,) is that readers send an email to at least 20 of those who may be able to help them along these lines:-

And if they do this, we will be very surprised if they don’t feel it’s fairly easy to decide, from such replies as they get, which may be the best one or two specialists for them to at least have an initial face-to-face consultation with.

We strongly believe that if we had always been doing this ourselves over the last ten years it would have saved us from having three major operations that didn’t help in any way, and countless consultations with specialists that wasted our time and money.

To us, if a doctor, or someone on their behalf, provides a good response to such an email, it indicates:-

That they are into communication– many doctors aren’t into communication if you’re sitting right in front of them.

That they are likely to be prepared to put things in writing– which makes them ACCOUNTABLE for what they do and say. If a doctor is NOT prepared to put things in writing, it probably indicates that they themselves know that the advice they’re giving is not very good.

What we do and recommend is that after we’ve had a consultation with a doctor we write to them along these lines, (obviously if they have an ordinary email address, this makes it easy to do,) “In our consultation today, I understood you to say blah blah blah, blah blah. Have I got this right?”

If they’re not prepared to answer something like that, you’ve almost certainly wasted your time and money in seeing them.

Of course, the time consuming part in what we recommend, is putting together the email addresses that are needed to do it – we find that if these are readily available, it’s not hard to send out 40 emails in less than an hour.

To help with this problem we have started putting together the names of various medical specialists – we are up to 25 on our lists of Sydney Gastroenterologists, up to 37 on our list of Sydney Neurologists, and up to 40 on our list of Sydney Dermatologists, all with ordinary email addresses.

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South Derm – dealing with

We don’t think we’ve ever come across a worse website that this Dermatology practice’s website. We could just about write a book about all that’s wrong with it.

And it hasn’t even got a fax number, let alone an email form or an ordinary email address, to contact anyone about any of it’s problems! Come on guys, we’re in the 21st Century?

We’ve certainly given up any thoughts of trying to help ourselves, or anyone, deal with any of the ten practitioners they list.

(When you Google the name of one of them, Dr Geoff Wilksek, the results indicate that he’s an Ophthalmologist, not a Dermatologist at all!!! But we can’t find an entry for him on the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency’s website, which might resolve the matter one way or the other??? Perhaps he’s not registered to practice medicine at all??? Perhaps there’s no such person???)

In the words of Donald Duck, “Such dumbness might be catching.”


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