General Practitioner Guide: What They Do and How To Select Right GP

22 September 2016 | Jamie Leigh

General Practitioner

What Is A General Practitioner And What Do They Do?

The most common name for a general practitioner is a family doctor or family physician. He is the one providing diagnosis as well as takes care of patients in general cases, but if they need a specialist for a particular type of diagnosis, then they will be referred to one by the general practitioner. To be a family doctor, one must earn a medical degree and get a license to start the practice. A majority of general practitioners are working under a private practice compared to other medical professionals. Family doctors who are practising privately are considered self-employed. There are those that are working in a private clinic with other physicians or specialist. They either have their stand-alone clinic or have an area in a large commercial building. It is common for GPs to have their receptionist as well as nurse assistance during check up.

When And How To Contact Your GP

Whenever a person is not feeling well or has suffered a minor injury, the family doctor is the first medical person they go to. They usually have the same patients on their list that comes back whenever they need medical advice. During the visit, the general practitioner will assess the patient’s condition and provide treatment in the form of self-care or prescription. In other cases where the patient needs a more involved treatment, a specialist will be referred. For you to see a General Practitioner, it is important to make an appointment. It is done by calling through phone or by dropping by at the clinic’s address. However, the brunswick medical clinic provides online booking system which is much more convenient in developing world where you book appointments without calling or visiting the clinic. The receptionist does not ask questions regarding your medical condition but on your first visit, they would only require you to fill up a form containing your personal information. If the general practitioner is not available for appointment for a few weeks but you have a medical problem that needs urgent attention then let the receptionist know. You also have other options to get immediate medical help such as calling an emergency hotline or going to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.

Why It Is Important To Choose The Right GP For You

It is essential that you choose a good GP once you have been diagnosed with a chronic disease or have a serious illness. Choosing the perfect one for you will lead to an ongoing positive relationship and it is one that you will value for a long time. The best doctors are the ones that do not just give a diagnosis but provide other services as well such as coordinating the right healthcare for you, requesting the necessary test for further assessment and referring you to the right specialist. They will help you stay healthy and make sure that you do not need to visit the hospital as often as before.

How To Choose Your GP

In case if you are not happy or comfortable with your current doctor or if you are relocating somewhere else then it is time to find another GP. To find a new doctor you can ask your current GP for any recommendations, ask referrals from your family and closest friends, or you can ask you local pharmacist as well as any other medical professional you know. Once you have a list of prospect GPs, it is important to visit their clinic and check for the following:

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This is one of the most important factors to consider. You must be able to get there fast and easy. If you are working, then find the most convenient GP close to your workplace and not your home.

Operating Hours

Clinics that have extended hours are ideal if you are suffering from a chronic condition that flares up unexpectedly or if you are not able to visit from work during your usual business hours.

Medical centres have longer hours of operation compared to traditional surgeries, but you might encounter different doctors. If you want to consult the same doctor on your visit, then it is best to book ahead of time. If your doctor is not available at a particular hour where you need medical attention or prescription, then it is best to visit a medical centre that is open 24 hours. In your next visit to your GP, you must inform him or her about the visit and the medications that were prescribed.

Home Visits

Explaining x-ray to patients Ask the clinic if they are offering this type of service. Languages used. If you are not a native English speaker, then it would be more convenient to look for a GP that speaks your language.

Male Or Female

If you have gender preference or are more comfortable with a particular gender, then narrow down your list of GPs. According to a previous study conducted, doctors aged 65 and above and female doctors are the ones that provide longer hours in consultations.


Make sure to see if the rooms are maintained clean and tidy. If you have kids, then check if they have toys as well as a waiting area where the kids can play while waiting.


There should be posters as well as brochures available in the waiting area. It is a bonus and lets you know that the doctor working there is giving importance in educating the public about general health.


Though GPs are treating patients with minor illnesses or injuries, there are those that are also specialist. Find one that might be useful to your condition.


In every country, some agencies give certification to practices once they have passed the standard required. Ask for the GPs accreditation or look for any display within the clinic’s premises.


Make sure to inquire on how you will be billed. Some clinics offer discounts when you pay upfront. Check up fees may be higher during Sundays or the practice may have an option for bulk billing.

Why it took me so long to recover from my anger depression?

13 November 2015 | Jamie Leigh

anger management recovery

My life has been in turmoil, full of anger, hatred and betrayal that did not only affect me in almost every way but had also affected my relationship with my own family. It hurts to know I was suffering from depression but it is more painful to realize the reason behind it. I made myself believe that my relationship with my spouse was perfectly fine; that we were having a very great relationship and that my children see us as perfect parents. My love to my family is unquestionable so does my feelings with my spouse. But every single day of my life was a hard test, I felt the pain in my heart that seemed to test my patience. I did not know exactly how to explain it but it hurt as much as anyone could ever imagine. I was in the brink of breakdown, but still deprived myself of a much needed anger management strategies.
It may sound so confusing but I was in fact living in denial, in anger, in guilt and depression. I had friends in High School, in college and at work but I chose to be alone or just being at home too many times. If there were days that I was out, these would be the days that I was trying to forget memories of the past that seemed to always freak me out. There were many nights when I couldn’t sleep without drinking and at times I would think I was an alcoholic bitch. I really, really, REALLY HATED myself. What took me so long to recover from my anger depression was the fact that I was in complete denial of my own tragic experience, in denial of my depression and of my anger. I might have known or suspected that I was experiencing depression but denied it to myself which gradually hit me big time…. It took me years to recover because I was not ready to submit to the fact of what was causing my anger, anger that I suppressed for the past 15 years of my life.

My depression was already turning my life upside down. My ability to overpower my innermost thoughts started to decline. I was getting angrier each day; I was angry with myself and with the people around me for no apparent reason. My smoking habit was getting worst; my drinking due to insomnia was no longer an occasional thing. I could no longer sleep without it and so, secretly, I did everything to get a sip every single night. At an early age, it has been my habit to read and I learned how to be adored by people I met to earn popularity in my school, little did I know that this would affect my complete personality in the future. My family especially my father didn’t seem to care, my husband who seemed to have love me all this time unexpectedly didn’t care much of what was happening at home. This made me even more alone, confused and hopeless. I felt like I was living in chaos and living in a nightmare that never seemed to end. It all started when I was in college. I was a friendly girl with friends everywhere. I wasn’t aware that there are people in this world who would take advantage of people who are “too friendly”. I could never understand it. I asked myself why of all people in this world I ever let myself be a victim of rape especially at an early age. Yes, I was raped and what’s even more painful was the fact that I was raped not only by one person but by four. I hated them and I hated myself most all, I hated everyone; my heart was full of anger—angers that kept me stagnant for so many years. I blamed myself for being too friendly; I blamed my parents for their negligence and I blamed everyone for not helping me. It has been 20 years but every single day, the memories of that day lingered like a reflection of foolishness, ignorance and betrayal of oneself. It caused my irritability and the daily dose of sudden irritations that made my life upside down affecting my relationship my family in so many ways for many years. The most important person whom I have shared my life with for almost 8 years left me for not “being the one”. I couldn’t blame him for who could ever live with someone like me who seemed to be always furious, constantly vile and peculiar but I hated him for being true. What’s even more painful was when my kids despise me for being “not ideal mom”. This traumatized me so much that made me realize I was in total misery. I needed help immediately; I needed someone who would listen to me! For the longest time, I denied that I was a victim of gang rape—that I was raped! I tried to never think about the whole event but it lingered for years. I was living but I felt like dying because I could hear the “crying” and the “laughing” in that eerie place where I was raped; where there was a red lamp shade, dozens of beer bottles and smoke all over the place. I was conscious but not conscious enough to fight. Each and every one of them ruined my life and I thought to myself “I will never ever forgive them for what they have done”. And I kept this experience a secret which was the reason why it took me so long to recover from my anger depression. The loneliness, emptiness and the feeling of anger all vanished. I realized with the help of various therapies that acceptance is the key to forgiveness—that denial is short-lived and that rage is a dreadful thing. I realized that the past should never be the basis of your future. You can only use it as “a good teacher”.

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