The reality of life in a GP surgery

It’s not every day you get the chance to appear on a BBC TV programme, but that’s exactly what’s happened to our team at Field House Medical Group recently.

We were approached by a television production company (the makers of Channel 4’s Educating Yorkshire) looking for GP practices to take part in a fly-on-the-wall style programme about the realities of life in a GP surgery.

Initially the request was met with reservation and we mused over the potential risks: what if it goes wrong? What if we’re made to look stupid? Could this backfire? But on the other hand we wanted to portray Grimsby as great place to work and live while showing the commitment that GPs have to their patients. GPs get a lot of bad press and this was our chance to do something positive.

So we went ahead and bit the bullet; for two days our staff and visiting patients got on with the day-to-day running of the surgery with a film crew capturing our every move. They filmed all sorts from our friendly reception staff, members of our nursing team, a GP clinic and minor surgery; surprisingly the patient didn’t mind having his vasectomy caught on camera!

They also asked us plenty of questions and were trying to find what makes us tick, what worries us, and what life is really like at a GP practice. We have about 50 staff at our practice so it was only a snap shot, but it was really good for the team to do something out of the ordinary.

We were one of three GP practices that were approached for this test filming.  The TV production company will now see if they can secure funding from the BBC for a series, and if successful we could be welcoming the film crew back in our surgery in the future.

Watch this space!

Dr Jonothan Plotnek
Lead for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities and GP at Field House Medical Centre

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