What influenced your decision to work in General Practice?
My background is actually in emergency medicine and I chose to switch to general practice, mainly because of continuity – I like the fact that you get to see your patients and follow them up and actually get the results back from the investigations that you order. You follow people on a journey and you can pick up on the small things if they’re unwell.
You never know what’s coming through the door and that keeps me interested.
What’s the worst thing about being a GP?
If you could give GPs of the future one piece of advice, what would it be?
Make sure you have a good work life balance. I think that’s what’s appealing about general practice – you can make it work around your life. Choose GP because it gives you the work life balance.
What do you get up to when you’re not working?
I love being outdoors – I have two very excitable working cocker spaniels who need a lot of exercise. I go horse riding, walking over the moors and I am also a member of the Exmoor search and rescue team.
If someone was considering a move to Somerset, what would you say to convince them to move?
If they came to Somerset they would convince themselves, so I would say take the plunge and come and visit this beautiful area. I am biased towards West Somerset because it’s got the moors, Quantocks, Blackdown Hills and there’s an abundance of outdoor activities. If you’re active, there is absolutely everything that you could possibly ever want to do around here, we’ve got the sea, we’ve got mountain biking, horse riding, shooting, fishing, you name it you’ll find it in Somerset. So, come and visit and you won’t want to leave.
Could you try and describe General Practice to us in three words?
Varied, challenging and satisfying.