General Practice


General Practice deals with the patient in primary care. This is often run as an independent business with a few doctors forming a partnership. They hire premises, hire staff and run the surgery to

a) provide essential services which includes doctors appointments, prescriptions, investigations etc(for which a global sum is paid depending on number of patients registered at surgery)

b)Additional services like immunisation

c) Enhanced services ( Like minor surgery, family planning) services

There are usually two clinics one in the morning and one in the afternoon. There are usually some booked patients, some emergency appointments and some home visits.

Please see an in depth guidance into General practice

Inner city practice can be challenging with high levels of social and economic deprivation

What drives doctors away from general practice? BMJ article

General practice has many distinct areas of practice which might be suited for doctors with different temperaments. Please see the RCGP advice on this