• Question: How does it feel knowing that you save lives on a regular basis ?

    Asked by Harri99 to Chris, Emma, Jonathan, Katharine, Shehla, Simon on 23 Jun 2017.
    • Photo: Katharine Bradbury

      Katharine Bradbury answered on 23 Jun 2017:

      We do occasional save lives in a dramatic way: like giving cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, recognising meningitis or treating a patient having a heart attack and that is very rewarding. However most of the time we encourage patients to make small changes like losing weight, stopping smoking, reducing their blood pressure or cholesterol – all things that can also save lives but aren’t as easy to measure. Talking to patients about how they can improve their health is very satisfying too and I thrilled when one of my patients who used to smoke very heavily came to tell me she has finally stopped smoking.

    • Photo: Emma Rowe

      Emma Rowe answered on 23 Jun 2017:

      Dramatic life saving moments are infrequent in GP land but it’s great to know you recognised the symptoms of an embolism and referred a patient to hospital for treatment that night. What’s even better is when they come back in a month like a different person who feels well and you notice the change in them. That’s very rewarding.