ADVERTORIAL - What is a GP?

2016-01-27 06:00
A GP provides continuing and comprehensive health care for the individual and family across all ages, genders and sicknesses or injuries. Photo: sourced

A GP provides continuing and comprehensive health care for the individual and family across all ages, genders and sicknesses or injuries. Photo: sourced

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A GENERAL Practitioner (GP) is sometimes known as a family doctor. "General Practice" emphasises the holistic nature of this domain medicine.

A GP provides continuing and comprehensive health care for the individual and family across all ages, genders and sicknesses or injuries. It is based on the knowledge of the patient in the context of family and community with emphasis on disease prevention and health promotion.

In my practice, the emphasis is on treating patients well and seeing each one as a unique individual.

"Making lives better" is our moto. Patients are always greeted when they enter and greeted when they leave and made to feel comfortable and welcome. We aim to make the human life better.

The different aspects covered in my practice is internal medicine (eg. HIV, Diabetes, Hypertension, Hyperlipidemia, Lifestyle modification), gynaecology, surgery with minor procedures, psychiatry and addiction, paediatrics, geriatrics as well as an antenatal clinic where low risk pregnant patients are monitored to term. It’s a pleasure treating their little ones after delivery and making such close contact to a family.

Taking into consideration the surrounding community, the prices of consultation is considerably lower compared to other areas as we are in the heart of a community where tremendous poverty exists.

Although this is the case, medical treatment is not compromised, with the patient treated comprehensively. This practice also has a strong out reach into the community, with voluntary work being done with senior citizens of SAFTA and previously volunteer work done with drug addicts and Shakaskraal school pupils. I am of the strong belief that once a business is up and running it should begin to uplift the surrounding community.

I urge patients to see their GP at least once a year, even if they feel well and healthy, for a full medical check-up.

Some aspects of a full medical would include:

1. HIV testing
2. Yearly pap smears
3. Breast examination with mammograms
4. Pelvic scans

5. Diabetes screening
6. Thyroid test
7. Blood pressure screening
8. Homocysteine levels
9. Cholesterol tests
10. Prostate examination with PSA bloods
11. Lifestyle modification for every patient
12. Stress/resting ECG - Supplied

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