Sunday, 24 January 2016

Little Things I've Loved This Week #17

This has been another busy, but enjoyable week. It was my second week of GP placement - and also my final time in general practice as a medical student! I've loved it and I'm certainly still considering it as a career, so hopefully it won't be too long before I'm back in that setting if I can do a training job in general practice. Here are the little things I've especially enjoyed this week:

Bristol Clifton Suspension Bridge Winter Morning

Home visits and lovely patients. I've always really enjoyed accompanying doctors on home visits. I find it fascinating to go into other people's homes and get a sense of what their life is like outside of the doctor's office. I also find it remarkable that people welcome me in, despite having never met me before, simply in order to help me with my training.

Cute dogs. Following on from the previous point, I've also met lots of four-legged lovelies this week! An 'unofficial' medical student duty on home visits is often to distract the pets while the doctor talks to and examines the patient - something I'm only too happy to do.

Brunch in Clifton Village. Bristol has some of the best brunch locations and I joined some friends at Saffron, a fairly new cafe in one of my favourite parts of the city. I had avocado and poached eggs on toasted sourdough bread - simple, but delicious.

Realising I've upped my running pace. I'm still keeping up with my half marathon training plan despite busy days. I track each run on my Nike Running app, and as well as running increasing distances, I'm also speeding up without even really noticing. 

Getting great feedback on consultations. During my time at the GP's, I've been seeing the patients who come in, while the doctor watches. We get assessed on some of these, and my assessed one this week was consulting with a patient who was presenting with a recurrence of depression. It can be a tricky subject, but actually these are the consultations I enjoy the most. The GP was impressed with how I dealt with the patient, and I was told later that the patient had also been very complimentary when the doctor phoned them to get feedback that evening. 

Getting to help with the minor operations list. I won't go into detail here, I try to keep the blog as un-gory as possible, but I spent Monday morning with a GP doing minor surgical procedures. I know I've said previously that I'm always grateful for the wonderful patients who let me talk to them and examine them, but I think even greater thanks has to go to the ones who don't mind at all me coming at them with a needle and scalpel!

Lindt dark chocolate with sea salt. My housemate produced a bar of this on Friday evening. I don't usually like salt - but with either chocolate or caramel, I like the savoury kick. An excellent choice to accompany a quiet night in.



  1. Woo I always thought I never got any faster when running so that's awesome if you have without noticing!! I had a really nice weekend in Bristol this week, it is a lovely city!

    Jasmin Charlotte

  2. Sounds like GP has been going really well - my term's not til the middle of this year! Good job with the running, I haven't gone on a jog since I left Sydney so my fitness is a mess...

  3. I really enjoyed this reading, it was just perfect! So glad I just came across your blog. Have a fantastic week! xx

    Ale |

  4. Dark chocolate and sea salt were made for one another -- enough said!


    Ashley || Sed Bona


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