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Q&A with a Locum GP

Posted on 26.10.2017

We interviewed one of our full-time Locums about what it's like to be a GP, here's what he had to say.

How did you feel on your first day as a GP?
 It was somewhat daunting! As a GP registrar, there was always someone available to answer even the smallest of queries I had. As a fully qualified GP and having entered the ‘real’ world, I appreciated all the advice and guidance I had been given by my mentors during my training, which has been immensely useful.
How many years have you been practising medicine?
I have been a doctor now, for around 8 years or so.
What’s been the most challenging aspect of your profession? 

I really feel that the work load in general practice can be immense at times. Managing a patient in an allocated 10 minute consultation slot, is sometimes very tricky! Don’t forget, that in this time a GP will need to work out what the problems is by taking a history, they may need to examine the patient and then offer appropriate treatment. Furthermore, patients may need further investigations or referrals done. This can be very challenging to do in 10 minutes.
Do you have a particular work memory that stands out? 
Yes! A few years back, I had a patient with mental health problems, come back into surgery to personally thank me for taking the time to understand and relate to their circumstances. It is always lovely to see that the efforts we put in as medical professionals can make a positive difference to our patients. That’s what we’re here for after all!
If you wasn't a GP then what would you be?
Easy – It’d have to be as a recruitment consultant with Key Locums or possibly a Pilot, travelling the world and meeting new people; similar to being a GP, meeting different patient’s on a daily basis. This is why I locum as a GP, as I prefer to travel to different surgeries and areas.
Do you have any advice for our future generation of GP’s?
I feel that primary care is the back bone of the health service. Yes, it is difficult and very challenging at times, but it is immensely rewarding too! Always ensure that you have a good work- life balance, as burnout is a real risk. If you strike a good balance, you’ll thoroughly enjoy working as a GP/ANP.

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