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Lakeside | Is our memory of ‘traditional’ general practice fading?

Times are changing. Long gone are the days of semi-detached houses in the suburbs being home to the family doctor. Lakeside Surgery, Corby is a practice like no other. There is a quiet little boating lake surrounded by a wall of fir trees. The water is still. It is a place of serenity. It is a different story on the other side of the road. Through the man-made hole in the trees, only a stone’s throw away is Lakeside Surgery. “The largest GP-lead ‘super practice’ in the NHS” caring for over 100,000 patients, with plans to expand their services to the care of over 300,000. Is this the future of general practice? Will the overwhelming demand on secondary care lead to GP surgeries having to provide more and more acute services?

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Finding my own general practice: doing the simple things well

2018 is my seventh year as a GP. Looking back, the learning curve has been steep at times and constant at others. There is much to keep up to date with and this is expected more with each coming year. General practice: a career that encompasses all your skills, potential and knowledge, emotions, reserves and yet surprises with new challenges and creates resilience but enthusiasm to better yourself as a practitioner.

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The Needle in the Haystack

Specialty bashing is not new or uncommon in the NHS. It is particularly directed at those training in general practice and has been a known problem for many generations. Despite a call for change, undermining of this specialty continues to haunt the corridors of our secondary care hospitals; and enough is enough.

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