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GP makes an exhibition out of his patients

By Ian Quinn

Not many GPs go to quite such artistic lengths to communicate with their patients as Dr James Pimm, who has quite literally made an exhibition out of them.

Dr Pimm, a partner at the Brookside Group Practice branch, at Winnersh, near Reading, asked his patients to become the subjects of the exhibition aimed at showing a different side to general practice.

Although the works, including torch shone down throat, pulse oximeter, smart card in a computer keyboard and multistix testing of a urine sample are unlikely to be attracting too many bids from the Tate Modern, they attracted an enthusiastic crowd of patients when put on display.

Dr Pimm, who made the paintings using digital photographs each taken during 10 minute consultations, said: ‘It sums up general practice in a way that statistics and QOF figures do not.

‘There is an art to being a GP and this looks at it from a different point of view. It's created a real buzz of interest at the practice.'

A sore throat patient, drawn by Dr James Pimm A trio of pictures of patients in the surgery by Dr James Pimm Dr Rachel Weeks and Dr James Pimm, partners at the Brookside Group Practice branch surgery at Winnersh, preparing to host the event

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