What has Twitter ever done for us?

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The following scene was recently filmed in a UK ED for a fly on the wall documentary. With more that a nod to the Monty Python team….


In a rather dark meeting room the ED staff are meeting. There is an air of dispondancy. The Clinical Lead is chairing the meeting, flanked by the ED Matron. The room is full of tired looking doctors and nurses

CLINICAL LEAD: It’s taken everything from us. From our families, our friends. Who cares whether Stephen Fry has been shopping or Kim Kardashian has been to the toilet? This nonsense has got to stop. I mean, what has Twitter ever done for us?


ED DOC 1: Education?


ED DOC 1: Education?

CLINICAL LEAD: Oh yeah. I suppose we have learnt some new things.

ED MATRON: That discussion about the TTM trial did make us think and we changed our therapeutic hypothermia protocol

CLINICAL LEAD: Ok, I’ll grant you that. Education. That goes without saying.

ED DOC 2: And links with colleagues around the world

CLINICAL LEAD: Obviously. I mean links with colleagues around the world – that’s obvious. But apart from education and links around the world……

ED NURSE (interrupting): Sharing good practice?

CLINICAL LEAD: OK Fair enough.

ED DOC 3 (joining in enthusiastically): And we can have direct access to experts and authors of landmark papers.

The room is getting into this now and everyone wants to have a say.

ED DOC 4: And without it we never would have organised that trip to the hospital to Fiji

ED MATRON (smiling and nodding in agreement): It was fun, wasn’t it?

Everyone in the room smiles and chuckles.

CLINICAL LEAD (exasperated now): Fine. But apart from education, links around the world, sharing good practice, direct access to eminent authors and that trip to Fiji, what has Twitter ever done for us?

ED NURSE 2: Made us happier and more engaged?

CLINICAL LEAD (angry now): Happier and engaged? Oh shut up…..




Cite this article as: Iain Beardsell, "What has Twitter ever done for us?," in St.Emlyn's, May 21, 2014, https://www.stemlynsblog.org/what-has-twitter-ever-done-for-us/.

Posted by Iain Beardsell

Dr Iain Beardsell. MBChB (Birm), DipIMC (RCS Ed), FRCEM is section lead for podcasts and Lesson Plans. Editorial Board Member St Emlyn’s blog and podcast. He is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at University Hospital Southampton and a Consultant in Pre Hospital Emergency Medicine. Iain qualified in 1998 and over the past 20 years has trained and practiced medicine in major teaching hospitals both in the UK and overseas. He has been a consultant at University Hospital Southampton for the past thirteen years, including a three year term as the unit’s Clinical Director. UHS is the main Major Trauma Centre for the South Coast region of England as well as the eighth largest hospital in the UK. Iain is also a highly regarded advisor to television medical dramas, including Casualty and Good Karma Hospital. An acclaimed speaker, Iain has spoken at international conferences in Australia, Ireland, Austria and Germany as well as across the UK. You will find him on twitter as @docib

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