Interviewee: Kate George
James talks to Kate George, General Practitioner, and Angus Ritchie, Nephrologist, about how junior doctors on the wards and General Practitioners can collaborate and work better together.
Dr Kate George is a General Practitioner at Leichhardt in Sydney’s Inner West, Clinical Editor for HealthPathways Sydney and a Supervisor and Clinical Teaching Visitor for GPSynergy.
Dr Angus Ritchie is a Staff Specialist Nephrologist at Concord Hospital, Physician Informaticist for Sydney Local Health District and Clinical Lead for HealthPathways Sydney.
With Dr Kate George, General Practitioner in Leichhardt, and Dr Angus Ritchie, Nephrologist at Concord Hospital
Improving the collaboration between junior doctors and general practitioners is important.
Learning points: Pathway through the ED was facilitated by good information from the GP. While an inpatient, GP was able to liaise with distraught family. After discharge, good information was communicated back to GP, allowing appropriate follow up
Learning points:The GP has an important role in de-briefing patients after traumatic events such as this. The GP having appropriate information prior to follow up enables better patient care.
Learning points: the value of the longstanding relationship between the family and the GP allowed a difficult situation to be navigated. It’s important for the junior doctor to understand the role of the GP and primary carers as part of the hospital team. Early discussion and discharge planning enables effective handover when the patient is discharged
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