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14.47 From seeing patients to transforming primary care

Dr Clare Gerada RCGP Chair August 2011 - online

I start the day sorting my emails at 6.55am – just a few at this time of the morning.

By 8am I have arrived at surgery. Other GPs are already well underway, judging by the cries of babies I can hear from behind their doors.

Now the first challenge of the day: log on to NHS net.

By 9.40am I’m on my way to Nunhead, south London, for an alcohol and drug rehab hostel session. I provide GP services to the residents there that need my help and I assess all the new occupants.

Past 11am, and I’m flagging a bit, even though surgery was cut short today. All my prescriptions are done, but telephone calls are still waiting and I have a home visit to attend to later. But first I head off for a meeting on work and health.

Then it’s off to another meeting as part of my NHS London responsibilites, and then I’m back to surgery – that’s seeing patients not cutting!