Category: Clinical

The GP FY2 experience: Working with uncertainty

Nethmi Vithanage is a University of Edinburgh graduate from New Zealand, currently working as a FY2 in general practice and looking to get into a life of public health. Black Wednesday had arrived and along with it, a familiar feeling; like I was going to be the only doctor present at the scene of a simultaneous cardiac arrest, status epilepticus and anaphylaxis. Looking back, the probability of all three occurring at the same time seems low to the rational mind, and even lower considering I was starting a new job as a GP FY2. Chances are, I actually knew...

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Self discovery with an ankle fracture

Kate Dawson is a full-time remote and rural ​GP on the Isle of Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides. At our staff night out, I slipped on a wet dance-floor, and in a moment, fell and became a patient. I couldn’t put any weight on my foot, and my ankle swelled dramatically. As a consequence, I have learned a lot about myself, our systems, my colleagues, and about being a patient. Our practice manager showed the most clinical acumen, and provided paracetamol and an icepack. The party continued as I watched from the side-lines, I was on duty in A&E in our community...

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Arclight: a new ophthalmoscope and otoscope

John Porter recently completed his GP training and is enjoying living in Bath and working as a salaried GP in Bristol. There are items of equipment without which a GP in clinic cannot function. Top of this list comes a stethoscope. Closely followed by an ophthalmoscope or otoscope. As I neared the end of GP specialist training the time was nearing to hand back the practice supplied equipment and to put a hand in my pocket and buy an ophthalmoscope/otoscope of my own. A few hundred pounds, this tends to be the most expensive item needed to get started...

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Child & Adolescent Mental Health Problems – Twitter Journal Club

Carrie Ladd is a part time NHS GP, a spare time RCGP Clinical Fellow in Perinatal Mental Health and a full time mum… doing overtime! You can find her on Twitter @LaddCar and she has a website. On Sunday 28th November, Dr Lucy Pocock and I co-hosted a session of the Twitter based journal club #gpjc to discuss one of the emerging priority areas of General Practice – Child and Young People’s Mental Health. The BJGP paper we discussed was a systematic review of primary care practitioner’s perceptions to barriers in managing these problems. All contributors seemed to agree that...

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