DIABETIC CLINIC

Venue: Caritas Group Practice

Today I sat with the practice nurse in the diabetic clinic. I learnt about the regular checkups that patients must attend in order to mange and control their diabetes including eye checks and foot checks. I also watched her break the diagnosis to a patient that they now have diabetes. I found it really concerning that in both of my few day placements at GP surgeries one of the consultations I observed was a person being told that they were diabetic. This expresses how major a problem diabetes is as well as the scale of people it affects.

    6 WEEKS OF WORKING IN A LAB 🔬

    I’m really interested in Science, and within this subject there’s such a huge variety of careers that you can choose to pursue. Due to my particular interest in healthcare and my desire to work with people, as some amongst many reasons I have chosen to strive to study Medicine. Medicine is still a Science and therefore it will adhere to scientific procedures and require competency within a laboratory setting. There are also many specialities within Medicine which are solely based in this setting. This is why I decided to carry out some work experience in a lab. Each day my activities were quite similar so I decided to create one blog post rather than many repetitive ones. 


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    CULTURAL DIFFERENCES, EMERGENCIES & TEACHING SESSIONS

    Venue: Caritas Group Practice

    In the morning I sat in on the ‘on the day’ appointments with a registrar GP. It was really enlightening to see the variety of concerns that patients would come to the GP with as a matter of urgency. Some of them were less urgent and others were quite critical. One of the things that I noticed was that there was a lot of patients who came with concerns about depression. This was something I found really interesting as in my previous GP placement, mental health wasn’t even mentioned once. This allowed me to to reflect on cultural differences as the previous GP surgery was in a predominantly Asian area and this one was in a predominantly White area. This enabled me to understand the greater stigma of mental health within the Asian community. Continue reading

    JOINT INJECTION & WORRIED PARENTS…

    Venue: Caritas Group Practice

    Today was my first day at this GP practice. I observed a patient being given a joint injection and how the doctor explained the risks that the particular treatment could have on him. I also noticed how he explained that the treatment wouldn’t necessarily be successful as only some people respond positively to it. I recognised how vital it was to be honest with the patient and ensure they understand and accept the treatment they are being given. Continue reading

    URGENT TESTS, ASSESSING MENTAL CAPACITY…

    When I went in to the hospice this morning the doctor had just taken a blood sample from a patient who he was suspecting as having a weakened liver function due to a cancer which has grown blocking some of the tubes to his liver. He told me about this patient and how they need to find out the extent of his liver function before giving him a dye and sending him for scan so they can assess the extent of the tumour. It was important to check the  liver function to ensure that the patient would be able to naturally work the chemicals contained within the dye out of the body, particularly because he had already expressed that he did not want to go on dialysis. I went down to the pathology lab at the local hospital where the doctor went to request the samples to urgently be tested.  Continue reading

    SHADOWING AN FY2 DOCTOR

    Venue: The Surgery, Haslingden    


    In this particular Surgery there was an FY2 doctor on a placement, so I was able to spend a day with him to his approach to General Practice. It was definitely worthwhile and a great perspective to be able to spend time with a Junior Doctor and see how they practice Medicine. I was also able to speak to him about his experience of medical school which was a really good insight.

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    MY FIRST DAY AT A GP SURGERY 💼

    Venue: The Surgery, Haslingden   


    Today, I went to a GP Surgery to gain some work experience. I was pleasantly surprised by this experience as I thought General Practice would involve the doctors engaging in a very repetitive role and would be slightly monotonous. However, I was very engaged during my time there no I found it incredibly interesting listening to the patients as I found they all came with different issues and not just the common ‘coughs and colds’ as I had previously assumed. Continue reading

    ORTHOPAEDICS (FRACTURE CLINIC) 💪

    East Lancashire Hospitals Trust Work Placement – Day 3    


    Orthopaedics (Fracture Clinic)

    In this placement I was given the opportunity to sit in during some patient-doctor consultations. The first patient I saw had fractured his arm after smashing it through some glass. The doctor told me that this is quite a common case which is often seen on the Orthopaedic ward, especially amongst young men. The x-ray results showed a shadow which suggested that there was a piece of glass which was still stuck in his arm, but the doctor decided it would be better if he sent him for another x-ray to rule out any possible inaccuracies which could have occurred. The second x-ray confirmed this suspicion so the patient was able to be discharged from this department and sent to the Occupational Therapy department instead. This highlighted the importance of doctors working to their competency and I learnt that it’s important to know when to refer a patient as they may benefit better from somebody else’s specialities. Continue reading