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TV documentary to look ‘behind closed doors’ of GP practice

TV viewers will get a peek ‘behind closed doors’ of a GP practice in a new series starting on Tuesday evening, Channel 5 has promised.

The documentary will follow GPs and patients at St John’s Medical Centre in Lewisham, southeast London, including patient consultations as well as a look at what GPs get up when they are not seeing patients.

According to producers, the show will depict the pressures and constraints within which GPs have to treat patients – including consultations limited to just 10 minutes and dealing with ‘approximately 90% of the NHS workload’ while receiving ‘only around 10% of the health service’s total budget’.

The first episode of the series ‘GPs: Behind Closed Doors’, set to air on Channel 5 at 9pm on Tuesday 29 April, will follow experienced GPs Dr Jean Parker and Dr Chrisanthan Ferdinand (also knows as ‘Dr Ferdy’) in their daily work.

Patients include Spencer, a recovering addict who comes in with broken ribs, older gentleman James who is in for a check-up and Amanda, who says she cannot work because she keeps falling ill. Other complaints include a refusal to undergo a colostomy, depression and suicidal thoughts and a badly infected foot wound.

Producers said: ‘Touching, honest and hilarious, the series takes a no-holds-barred look at the stresses, strains and joys of working in – and using – the health service in modern Britain.’

Readers' comments (4)

  • Judgment reserved until this is seen - it will either open the eyes of the public to whats going on out there, or it will serve to reinforce old stereotypes and worsen public opinion. Fingers crossed for the former...

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  • Vinci Ho

    Won't miss it.
    Have set it on my s*y box already

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  • It is on Tuesday not Wednesday! according to listings.
    Let's hope the real issues are not left on the editing room floor, it's not a pioneering pilot practice is it?

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  • Many thanks for your comment. This error slipped in due to misinformation but has now been corrected. The first episode is also available to watch here:

  • I prefer "Doctors" on BBC 1. Much more real to life. It is also set in the same area of GP CQC leader!

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