General Practitioner is typically a “first-line” doctor, but
their role can vary greatly. GPs treat acute and chronic illnesses,
provide advice and healthcare education, as well as preventative care
to patients. Write at least 500 words, following a character in this
Morning, Doctors Biggs Rooms"
I heard my receptionist say for the umpteenth time today. I was not
in the mood for people which is unfortunate considering my
profession. One couldn't simply say "Go
away, I don't feel like seeing you,"
when you are a doctor. Today had me even questioning my vocation. I
blame that little interaction I had at Dunwood High School last week.
You may think that sounds a little odd. Let me explain.
week I got a call from our local High School asking me if I could
come and speak to their Grade 9-11 class about Health and perhaps
organise a First Aid Workshop. I was happy to oblige, they are, after
all, the next generation of healthcare workers and it would be an
honour to promote this work. I said that I would come to do the
Healthcare Talk first, and then schedule a follow-up First Aid
Workshop for the next week. I asked what sort of areas they would
like me to cover, made a short list, and enthusiastically set out to
put together an enlightening talk about taking care of one's body.
arrived at the school, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, eager to
enthuse. The classes were lining up after break-time and in
hindsight, that should have set off all kind of alarm bells. "Why
didn't I do this at 08h00!?"
all filed into a large classroom and the students sat down loudly.
Did you know a person can in fact, make a hell of a noise just
sitting down? I learnt this that day.
was hastily introduced as Dr Biggs, the "healthcare person".
the front row I heard a muffled whisper between two boys and then a
snicker. "OH?" said their teacher, "is there
something you find funny about that, Paul?"
sir." came the reply.
"Well, then perhaps you
wouldn't mind telling us what you found to snicker at?"
hush fell and I thought the class would hear my heart pounding inside
my chest. "Well?"
demanded the teacher. "Um, I, um, well..." Paul
mumbling and stand up when you speak to me." Paul stood
up. "I just kinda said that the Doctors name fitted her
because she has big boobs."
wished the ground would swallow me whole. These bloody boobs had been
the butt of so many jokes! I shot a look at their teacher who was now
a bright red all the way up to his ear tips... and momentarily
am sorry I said you have big boobs Miss, I mean, Doctor." Paul
said as he looked at me directly with a glint in his eye. I had the
distinct feeling that he was enjoying this whole experience far too
move to that empty seat next to Adam. You and Patrick should never be
allowed to sit together. Move!"
He moved and I fumbled
around in my medical bag and wondered where I could go from here. I
decided to start with something harmless. Since it was winter, I took
out some Vitamins and explained how our bodies sometimes needed a
little extra to keep us healthy. I removed a couple of bottles from
my medical bag and emptied a selection of colourful tablets onto the
desk to be seen.
"A blue pill!" It's probably
Viagra not a Vitamin!" Paul piped up from his corner
seat. The class snickered.
"Imagine taking one a day,
thinking it was Vitamin D and wondering why you had an erection
afterwards every day?" Patrick chirped back from across
The class exploded into fits of giggles.
that a rocket in your pocket, or are you just happy to see
bag, maybe there is a banana and a condom in there for the rest of
grabbed my bag and fled as though I was being chased by the bulls of
Pamplona. "Why do I do this?"
phoned the Fire Brigade and asked them if they could kindly fill in
on my First Aid Workshop next week.