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Dr Anurag Sinha

...on mental health, treadmills and 3am walkies

...on mental health, treadmills and 3am walkies

The worst thing about my practice is the practice population has outgrown our premises.

My funniest moment as a GP was when I diagnosed gout in a patient. He was very unassuming and I thought he had accepted my diagnosis, but he then reeled off four recent multicentre trials involving the condition. I was later to find out he was a professor of rheumatology – and my diagnosis was wrong!

The person who has influenced me most is my GP trainer Dr Brian Tones at Silsden Group Practice in Airedale, North Yorkshire. He helped to train and prepare me for the real world of general practice.

This year I am aiming to help redesign local services in key areas such as diabetes and COPD, in my capacity as PBC lead. It is quite a challenge.

I got interested in the talking therapy pilot as clinical lead in mental health, selecting the 13 pilot practices in Newham and gathering momentum for CBT in primary care.

I became interested in mental health because I was unable to select a six-month rotation in psychiatry during my vocational training, but I wanted to be involved with mental health in some capacity.

Being a clinical lead has given me the opportunity to work with all those who are involved in Newham mental health services and help shape services locally.

When I'm depressed I deal with it by annoying those people who are close to me.

The trait I most dislike in myself is my punctuality.

The trait I most dislike in others is them being late.

My best feature is my communication skills and being a team player.

The most annoying thing about being a GP is finding the time to keep up with the constantly changing face of primary care.

My greatest achievement is following in my father's footsteps and making him feel proud of me.

The vehicles I own are a Mercedes 500SL and a Volkswagen Golf.My most treasured possession is my treadmill.

My least attractive habit is interrupting when people haven't completed their sentence.

Simba, my chow chow dog keeps me awake at night. He often wants to be let out at 3am and I have to do the honours to keep the peace.

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