We are a general practice in Melbourne. A general practitioner or GP is a qualified medical doctor who can diagnose, treat and/or refer people suffering from any sort of illness/disease. A GP generally sees patients at the initial phase of treatment.
A general practitioner not only offers medical treatment for instant relief but also provides education related to general health and wellbeing. A GP differs from a specialist as a GP is not restricted or bound to dealing with a specific disease or specific organ of the body whereas a specialist focuses on a specific subject or organ of the body.
A General Practitioner can be a physician or a family doctor. They usually have a verified medical degree to perform certain medical procedures on a patient. The education and the duration of the medical degree for a general practitioner can vary from country to country. GP’s are trained in several areas such as obstetrics, emergency, gynecology, pediatrics etc.
Many GPs work as family doctors, where they diagnose, examine, treat or refer their patients for minor injury or illnesses. The General Practitioner in such cases examine the patient at home or in clinic. The practitioner considers several aspects while examining the patients. He/she may prescribe medications to relieve pain or manage the condition or advise the patient to take other steps to apply self-care in the daily routine. A general practitioner can also organise medical tests for the patient to support the diagnostic procedure and recommend a specialist if the disease is severe or difficult to diagnose.
General practitioners can see all kinds of patients from all age groups and genders. A mutual plan between a patient and a general practitioner is developed to maintain good health.
General practitioners can treat and assess many types of medical issues. They can deal with patients who suffer minor illnesses right through to major issues. Once the patient arrives at the clinic, it is the role of a general practitioner to provide his/her patient with basic medical care or treatment. after assessment, a general practitioner may decide to recommend a patient to a consultant a specialist for further treatment, if needed.
Some of the issues a general practitioner deals with:
An experienced GP can perform treatment procedures in clinic without the need for referral. Various types of procedures that can be performed by a general practitioner are listed below:
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