It was as if my prayers had been answered, a GP who today managed to balance the poor skills of yesterdays doctor.
I was sent to a 74 year old male with difficulty in breathing and chest pain. My computer display told me that the GP was going to remain with the patient.
I got there and was met by an apologetic GP who thought that the patient just had a chest infection, but while she was talking to him, the patient developed a possibly heart related pain. She had tried treating him herself, but thought that the best thing was for him to have some further tests in hospital.
My assessment and treatment of the patient went without a hitch, and I agreed that although I also thought the pain was as a consequence of his chest infection, it would be best for the patient to be assessed in the local A&E department.
As was the case yesterday the ambulance was 40+ minutes in arriving, so I had a bit of a chat with the GP (who was rather pretty…) and the patient (not so pretty). As there was nothing else the doctor could do with this patient, I let her leave the house to see her other patients.
A nice job, made easier by another health care professional.
Just how it should be.