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Moving on up and moving out

Our GP registrar blogger leaves his training practice and moves on into the big wide and scary world of general practice.

Our GP registrar blogger leaves his training practice and moves on into the big wide and scary world of general practice.

They say that moving house is one of the most stressful things you will ever do and I can vouch for that fact. When it coincides with completing training and becoming a locum then life becomes hectic to say the least.

Having eventually received my golden £780 CCT it has been time to say goodbye to staff and patients.

Sadly no boxes of chocolates or bottles of scotch, just a kiss on the cheek from Mrs S as she gets her Prozac from me for the last time.

A few patients utter the usual "what will we do without you" to which I mentally reply "happily tell your sob story to the next unsuspecting registrar".

The staff say I'm one of the best registrars they've had, though I suspect it's not the first nor will it be the last, time they've said that. However I've had some sport out of deciding who to pass which patients onto.

Gifts have been exchanged and the leaving meal went without trouble. I now face working as a GP without the easy back-up of my trainer for odd rashes and unexplained pains.

Tomorrow the new registrar will start and I guess for the practice the cycle begins again of teaching the newbie all the tips and tricks to get them through their placement. No-doubt GP notebook and SearchMedica will soon be firm favourites on the registrar's computer.

Of course this time of year is changeover for all, new FY1 doctors will be moving into their now "not free" accommodation as the UK will brace itself for "Black Wednesday" when new junior start in specialities they never worked in before.

Moving house is a nightmare of boxes, bin bags and not forgetting all the people you have to let know you've moved. I am moving is a very useful site for this, don't forget the GMC and BMA though.

My brave new world next week - locuming....

The GP Apprentice

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