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Professor Tony Avery ... on silly songs, mountain bikes & Franglais

The best thing about my practice is friendly and supportive colleagues, committed to delivering high-quality care.The worst thing about my practice is the threat of a tramline being built down the back of our surgery.The trait I most dislike in myself is feeling irritable about a day or so before developing a viral illness without knowing why.My best feature is having a positive attitude to most things.Having to deal with a multitude of different forms and referral processes is the most annoying thing about being a GP.My funniest moment as a GP was having a dog licking my face while I was trying to examine an elderly man on a home visit.Remaining a GP while being an academic is a very satisfying challenge.The reason I became interested in prescribing was by chance, really. Early on in my career I obtained a grant to do research on prescribing formularies in general practice, and my interest developed from there.The benefits of prescribing alerts are that if you look at them, occasionally they will stop you from making a dangerous mistake.The person who has influenced me most is Professor Mike Pringle.When I became a professor I celebrated by giving an inaugural lecture on: 'How can we stop good doctors from making bad mistakes?'The vehicles I own are a Mondeo and a Claude Butler Cape Wrath mountain bike.My most treasured possession is my mountain bike.My least attractive habit is driving my family up the wall by speaking Franglais and making up silly songs at home.My favourite word is fantastic!The books I'm reading at the moment are the Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafun and the Goldilocks Enigma by Paul Davies.If I could do one thing to change the world it would be to stop global warming.My greatest achievement is having children.Occasionally, worries about work keep me awake at night.The best meal I've ever eaten was a breakfast of salmon and scrambled eggs, while looking over the bay from Vancouver across to the North Shore Mountains.I relax by spending time with the family, mountain biking, playing guitar and reading novels.My most vivid schooldays memory is playing a rugby game in Edinburgh before going on to watch the Calcutta Cup in 1980.If I wasn't a professor and a GP I'd just be a GP!


• GP in Chilwell, Nottingham• Professor of primary health care at the University of Nottingham• Joint developer of prescribing alert system for Connecting for Health

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