The first time I was in an operating theatre, I was not a doctor but a patient. It was, thankfully, for a minor procedure but I can still recall how scared I was. As I lay on the operating table, I looked around at the faces, covered in masks, and the tables of shiny silver instruments. It was a mysterious and daunting place to be. A new website has been set up to compare out-of-pocket costs for medical specialists.Credit:Nic Walker Now the operating theatre is my second home. It’s my workplace. But I don’t ever forget that feeling of curiosity combined with fear. For my patients, that fear can be immense. For most people, what goes on behind the closed doors of a sterile operating theatre – who does what and what is normal – is a mystery. What we see on TV or in movies is subject to […]