The Med Shed

General Practice Doctor

THE WORKING DAY

You work in a GP surgery in Beverley, starting at 8am. Patient appointments are booked throughout the day but first up is a woman with raised blood pressure. You find out all you can about her general health, take blood samples and send them off for analysis.

Next, you see a man with persistent headaches that you diagnose as migraine and write a prescription for medication to prevent these attacks happening. After morning surgery, you check phone messages and arrange for the surgery secretary to make consultations with a specialist for two patients.

In the afternoon, there’s an emergency home-visit to an elderly patient with chest pains. You suspect a heart attack and call an ambulance to take the patient to hospital. It’s very rewarding helping local people stay fit and healthy, and you really feel part of the community.

DOES THIS SOUND LIKE ME?

You’re responsible, reliable and like being part of a team. You have excellent communication skills, can make quick decisions and are genuinely interested in helping others.

WHAT'S NEXT?

You’re likely to need at least six or seven high grade 9-6 (A*-B) GCSE grades (or the equivalent), preferably including a science subject, and be all set to take three A-Levels (or the equivalent) at college or 6th form.

You’ll need to apply for a General Medical Council (GMC) recognised degree in medicine at university. Getting three good A-Level grades (or equivalent level 3 qualifications) is really important, as medicine is a very competitive area. It’s important to check different university entry requirements as these vary between institutions. After university, you’ll need to do further general and specialist training to work as a doctor in general practice.