• Question: are you seeing people 24/7

    Asked by lutzlose to Nicola, Jo & Lucy, Jamie, Gail, Amanda on 14 Mar 2018.
    • Photo: Jamie Hynes

      Jamie Hynes answered on 14 Mar 2018:

      Thankfully not! Having time for family and leisure time is extremely important, for my own health and wellbeing but also for the benefit of the patients who will see me! Content doctors are more effective in managing patients- those under strain can make mistakes, over-investigate over-prescribe or over-refer which can have harms for the patient and society.
      My days are longer than 9-5 but I get Wednesdays at home and that helps me keep things in balance. I will miss some stuff but as long as this doesn’t become the majority of my week then I can look myself in the mirror and be satisfied that my boys and wife know they are loved.

    • Photo: Gail Allsopp

      Gail Allsopp answered on 14 Mar 2018:

      No. I only work with patients until 6pm. After that it’s the night teams

    • Photo: Jo & Lucy Arthurs / Clayton

      Jo & Lucy Arthurs / Clayton answered on 14 Mar 2018:

      No! A typical working day is fairly long (08:30-18:30) but I’m not seeing patients all day. As a GP registrar you do 7 clinical sessions per week ( a session is 4 hours) and 3 non-clinical sessions – teaching or self-directed learning. After 6.30pm calls go through to the out of hours service!

      I agree with Jamie that having a good work life balance is so important, not only for your own health and well being but also so that when you are at work you can give it your all and do the best for your patients!