Why do some of the male consultants I see at the hospital (e.g. chest doctor and ENT specialist) refer to me as ‘nice’ and ‘this lovely patient’ in the letters they write to my GP? Surely they wouldn’t refer to a male patient in the same way? I have to say, there are other male consultants that simply refer to me in terms of age and my conditions, which is fine. None of my female consultants (rheumatologist, osteoporosis specialist etc.) feel the need to describe me like this. I would love to know others’ experience of hospital letters. Some people might say that I’m overreacting, that it’s amusing or that I should be flattered, but surely I’m not the only person who finds this kind of language inappropriate?