GP matters

I wanted to call this post ‘why GP’s need to be on top of their shit’, but ended up not doing that.

Every kind of doctor has to be on top of things. The first rule of Fight Club may be not to talk about Fight Club, but the first rule of medicine is to avoid causing harm to your patient. This is super important in surgery, because when things go wrong in the operating room they do so rapidly and spectacularly. Malpractice suits are expensive.

But this post is about why General Practitioners need to be on top of things.

For many patients, their GP is their first point of contact with the healthcare system. Patients bond with their GP’s over many years and they trust them implicitly. This GP splinted their broken arm, took their tonsils out and delivered their babies. If the GP tells a patient that while her breast cancer is very small, it is probably better to have a RADICAL mastectomy or that she is too old or too ill to have a general anaesthetic, the patient will treat this as gospel. Patients are often unwilling to consider the other options offered by specialists, because they have already had their minds made up by the (well intentioned) advice given by their GP.

So in a nutshell- being a GP is a position that comes with great responsibility. Use it wisely.

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Damn straight, Spidey.


Author: Scalpelista

My favourite Beatle is George Harrison My favourite Stone is Keith Richards (who else?!) My favourite Sex Pistol is Glen Matlock... no wait Steve Jones... ok, definitely Glen... and maybe Steve. I promise I operate better than I write.

2 thoughts on “GP matters”

  1. So true….. One of the surgeries I sub-specialise in is breast reconstruction, and it is amazing what the patient come in telling me what operation they need even if they are not suitable for it. Preconceived ideas from other doctors can often be difficult to overcome especially when you are the new health provider in their lives. *sigh*


    1. Oh, for sure! At the end of the day we are all partners in a team that strives to deliver the best possible outcome to the patient, but it can be very hard to achieve if we’re not all on the same page.

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