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Things You Never Knew Your GP Could Do

If you think that General Practitioners (GP) or Family Physicians (FP) can only treat cough, headache, flu, stomachaches and provide you with a specialist referral letter when you need one, you should read on as they do more than that. 

What Can My GP / FP Do? 

The World Health Organisation recognises Family Medicine as a discipline that provides personalised (patient-centred), primary, prevention, comprehensive, coordinated and continual care to people of all ages (from cradle to grave). 

GPs / FPs with the necessary qualifcations and training can provide patients with the following services. 

Disease Prevention 

  • Health screening 
  • Health promotion 
  • Childhood vaccination 
  • Adult vaccination 
  • Travel vaccinations 
  • Advisory on travel medicine 
  • Family planning and birth control advisory 

Chronic ProblemsChronic disease management such as:

  • Diabetes 
  • Hypertension 
  • Hyperlipidemia 
  • Asthma 
  • Chronic obstructive lung disease 
  • Chronic kidney diseases 
  • Benign prostatic hypertrophy 
  • Osteoarthritis 
  • Osteoporosis 
  • Rheumatoid arthritis 
  • Mental health issues – anxiety, depression, etc 
  • Epilepsy 
  • Dementia 
  • Parkinson’s disease 
  • Psoriasis 

Acute / Emergency 

  1. Emergency medical treatment 
  2. House calls 
  3. Minor offce-based surgeries such as:  
  • Ear syringing 
  • Suturing of wounds / lacerations 
  • Drainage of abscess 
  • Wound debridement 
  • Excision of lumps and bumps 
  • Excision of ingrown toe nails 
  • Cryotherapy for warts 
  • Intra-articular (joint) injections 
  • Cauterisation 

      4. Orthopaedic and sports injury management such as:

  • Reduction of fracture 
  • Splinting and casting 

Behavioural Modification

  • Smoking cessation programme 
  • Weight management programme 
  • Exercise prescription 

 

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