GP Stories – Tell us why you chose general practice?

With negative stories about the NHS and general practice circulating in the press each week, it is easy to lose sight of why general practice is a great and rewarding career choice. To bring the focus back on the glass half full approach, we would like you to remind yourself how it all started. What motivated you in the past, why did you choose the path on the frontline of medicine and what made you favour it to other options?

General practice as any medical profession can be extremely challenging and with rising pressures and on-going uncertainties of upcoming transformation, the negatives might easily overshadow the positive side of being a GP. This week we would like to share a few stories that showcase the good aspects, and we invite you to do the same.


Let us know why you chose general practice in the comments below and on Twitter with a hashtag #GPview. 

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  • Desmond Dennis
    Posted at 23:17h, 08 March Reply

    Sunday 15th May 1988 After dinner 19:00.

    “Is he dead, Dennis?” My Dad was getting impatient.
    Declan frowned.
    “Of course not, Dad. He’s fine.” I pressed the stethoscope more firmly against Declan’s chest.
    “Well, if he’s not dead, you must be able to hear his heart.”
    “I can’t.”
    “Listen carefully, Dennis. Lub dup . . Lub dup . . Lub dup . .”
    “I can’t hear it, Dad.”
    “Hold your breath, Declan. Is that any better? Lub dup . . Lub dup . . Lub dup . .”
    “No. Maybe, it’s this old stethoscope of yours, Dad.”
    “My stethoscope is fine, Dennis. I have been using it for years. It was one of the best stethoscopes that you could buy. The fact is, some young doctors struggle with auscultation. We will just have to keep trying.”

    My Dad looked at my brother and sighed. “You can breathe now, Declan.”
    I am not sure whether Declan will ever learn to use his own initiative.

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