World Family Doctor Day (FDD) – 19th May – was first declared by WONCA (World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians) in 2010 and it has become a day to highlight the role and contribution of family doctors in health care systems around the world.
The event is a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge the central role of our specialty in the delivery of personal, comprehensive and continuing health care for all of our patients.
It’s also a chance to celebrate the progress being made in family medicine and the special contributions of family doctors globally.
We are very proud of all of our GP’s at Barnfield HIll Surgery and the support they provide for our patients every day. General Practice is a specific specialism and it takes around 3-4 years to train as a GP after a doctor has completed all their foundation training. You will often find that your family practitioner had previously worked in A & E and other specialisms before choosing to undertake the training for general practice.
One of the many benefits of being a general practitioner is the ability to build strong relationships with patients and often a GP will take medical care of all the members of the same family for many years. This brings a familiarity which enhances patient care and enables your GP to really personalise your care.
Being a general practitioner is an exciting and varied role where you need a vast amount of knowledge and skill to be able to make effective diagnosis or referral on to secondary care. In general practice we deal with around 92% of all patient contact with the NHS everyday. So you can see how important our GP and practice team are to their local community and their patients.
It is great to be able to celebrate the amazing work they do every day !