A day in the life of a GP

The Bolton News: GP Dr Tarek Bakht, of Edgworth Medical Centre GP Dr Tarek Bakht, of Edgworth Medical Centre

A day in the life of GP Dr Tarek Bakht

  • 6.30am - Alarm goes off, I take my children to nursery.
  • 8am - Arrive at the practice and check the latest blood test results.
  • 8.30am until 11.30am - Morning surgery, which normally runs late as it is challenging to address a patient’s issues within a 10 minute appointment. As a GP I see a wide variety of complaints and am able to manage and investigate many conditions. I also, along with the nurse, manage patients with long term conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, COPD, asthma and kidney disease.
  • Noon - telephone consultations. If a patient’s problem is urgent we will squeeze them in for an appointment that day. Alternatively, I will recommend that they get advice and medication from their local pharmacy or self care. I often do one or two home visits. Return to the surgery and write up my notes.
  • 3pm - Afternoon surgery. Over the winter, everyone has more coughs, colds and sore throats and this takes up many appointments. Often these are due to viruses where antibiotics will not work.
  • 6pm - Finish my paperwork and address urgent requests, such as patients who have run out of medication. I always encourage patients to order their regular medication in good time as I may not be able to deal with last minute requests if the surgery is very busy. This is the time I also do any urgent home visits.
  • 7.30pm - Get home and put my children to bed, if I’m lucky.

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3:23pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Harold 1 says...

Sounds a pretty full day doctor. It's a pity the Daily Mail and other chip wrappers would have us believe differently . Keep up the good work !
Sounds a pretty full day doctor. It's a pity the Daily Mail and other chip wrappers would have us believe differently . Keep up the good work ! Harold 1

9:44pm Tue 3 Dec 13

BWFC71 says...

Harold 1 wrote:
Sounds a pretty full day doctor. It's a pity the Daily Mail and other chip wrappers would have us believe differently . Keep up the good work !
Totally agree with you, Harold.

What is written in the gutter press, such as the Daily Fail, is completely irresponsible and undermines all the good work that the doctors do on a daily basis!

I wish someone could volunteer to do the same in the teaching industry - both primary and secondary - to show that it is not as simple as a 9-3 activity, which many presume it to be!
[quote][p][bold]Harold 1[/bold] wrote: Sounds a pretty full day doctor. It's a pity the Daily Mail and other chip wrappers would have us believe differently . Keep up the good work ![/p][/quote]Totally agree with you, Harold. What is written in the gutter press, such as the Daily Fail, is completely irresponsible and undermines all the good work that the doctors do on a daily basis! I wish someone could volunteer to do the same in the teaching industry - both primary and secondary - to show that it is not as simple as a 9-3 activity, which many presume it to be! BWFC71

4:41am Wed 4 Dec 13

mr.mark.c says...

Kearsley medical centre, the Doctors work from 6.45am until 6pm most days and that does not include after hours home visits, yet they always have a smile on their face and go that extra yard to help people.
Its not much but I will be sending a box of chocs and a bunch of flowers for Christmas as they work blummin hard.
Kearsley medical centre, the Doctors work from 6.45am until 6pm most days and that does not include after hours home visits, yet they always have a smile on their face and go that extra yard to help people. Its not much but I will be sending a box of chocs and a bunch of flowers for Christmas as they work blummin hard. mr.mark.c

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