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::A day in the life of a GP Registrar::

The working life of a registrar is very different to a junior doctor in hospital. Although the routine will be different from practice to practice, most will be based around having two surgeries (am and pm), time for going over the patients and problems you have seen, administration (including dictating referrals and completing forms), and on some days, home visits. Here is a breakdown of a typical day on call in practice:


Arrive at surgery (most days!), collect notes for morning surgery.

09.00 - 11.00

Morning surgery, 10 minute appointments, with one free slot each hour. Try to dictate referral letters as I go, while all details fresh in my mind, and to save time later (not always possible if busy surgery)

11.00 - 11.30

Complete all paperwork, outstanding referrals and sign stack of repeat prescriptions. Discuss difficult cases with trainer. Go over home visit requests. Call some of the patients to clarify details / give advice. Where appropriate, ask patients to attend the surgery.

11.30 - 12.30

Home visits (two or three).


Practice meeting with all partners and pharmacist. Review of progress on QOF points. Lunch provided!

13.30 - 15.00

Baby clinic some weeks, if free - often go home for break, do some shopping etc.

15.00 - 17.30

Afternoon surgery, appointments as above.

17.30 - 18.00

Admin, go over cases with trainer, then HOME!

Off course, you won't be doing home visits every day, and one half day every week you should have protected VTS teaching (AKA "playschool"). As well as this, you should be having regular tutorials with your trainer in practice.

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