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Going for gold? Er, I’d rather not...


I left General Practice ten years ago having been a single handed GP. Today, as an outside observer and patient (God how I hate being a patient with no power over my medical destiny) I can promise you that general practice standards of care are getting worse all the time. Eg 1. this week I went for a smear with the Practice Nurse. No history taken, no internal, no breast exam. I could have had uterine, ovarian and breast cancer when I walked out and no one would have known. Eg 2. I have to go to see my GP again this week for two problems (dodgy new mole on face, rectal bleeding and refill of Ciprofloxacin for next exacerbation of diverticulitis). Not allowed to ask receptionist for Cipro so have to talk to GP. Dutifully I read the notice saying only one problem can be discussed and remember how irritating it was to have to deal with more than one thing in one app. Ask receptionist for double app. Answer -we're not allowed to book double appointments aargh! Eg3 ask for lipid test as last cholesterol three years ago was 6.2. (Why not called in before?). Had blood test for Cholesterol only, not fasting, no lipids. Told we don't do that any more. What's the point? This is a highly respected teaching practice. What on earth are the rest like?

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02 Oct 2013

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