Thursday 31st January 1991 Morning surgery 11:20
The difficult thing about removing a fish hook from a patient’s finger is the barb. You can’t just pull the hook out. The barb is there to make sure that the fish doesn’t get away and, most of the time, it works pretty well.
Once you have anaesthetised the finger you have to push the hook right through. Then, with a sharp pair of pliers, you can snip off the tip of the hook including the barb. After that, the rest of the hook can easily be pulled back out.
My Dad couldn’t understand why anyone would go fishing in the middle of Winter but I knew it was a good time for cod.