Contribute to a patient’s primary, secondary, and tertiary care
In rural general practice, it is possible for you to contribute to the primary, secondary, and tertiary care of your patients. Urban GPs are unlikely to be able to care for their own patients in the hospital. Providing the full spectrum of care is beneficial to the GP who can follow the patient through the healthcare system and must use a wider range of skills to meet the patient’s healthcare needs. Patients will also trust a familiar face and appreciate being treated by a doctor who is familiar with their story and medical history.
“As a rural GP, I can do pre-pregnancy counselling, diagnose and manage the pregnancy, deliver the baby, give the child the immunisations, and manage the immediate and long-term health of mother and baby.” – Dr Bob Vickers