Ashburton Surgery is a training Practice for medical students and qualified doctors undertaking training to become GPs. Both gain a huge amount of knowledge and experience from seeing patients under supervision from one of the regular GPs here: if you are willing for a student or GP trainee to see you this is much appreciated, you will be making a very significant contribution towards their training.
Medical students have not completed their initial medical training so are not qualified doctors, but being attached to our Practice gives them a good grounding in what General Practice is like and is designed to help students choose to become GPs after qualification rather than specialists in hospitals. Because they are not qualified doctors they cannot do many of the things our regular GPs can do and require a relatively high level of supervision, although they may be expected to talk to and examine patients on their own and then discuss their findings with the supervising GP. There will be a notice in Reception to alert you if you are coming for an appointment in a surgery which has a medical student in attendance: if you would rather not be seen by the student please notify Reception when you book in and the GP or Nurse you booked to see will see you without the student. Your preference will not affect the treatment you receive.
Information on Student Doctors
Consultations with Student Doctors
GP trainees are qualified doctors and spend a longer time with us here to get invaluable experience of working as a GP in preparation for completing their General Practice Specialist Training. Because they are qualified doctors they can do everything the regular GPs here can do (order tests, prescribe, make referrals) and whilst they remain under supervision the level of supervision will depend on their experience.
Research by our Medical Student - Jan 2017
Were you recently asked to take part in Ella's flu study? See below for results.
Hello, my name is Ella. I’m a final year medical student and have been working at Ashburton GP surgery for the last 6 weeks. Some of you may be aware that I have conducted an audit of Flu vaccination uptake within the practice. The results show that 20% of the local eligible patients who are at high risk of developing flu have declined to have a vaccination over the winter season. This is a worrying result as the flu can lead to serious life threatening complications such as Sepsis. The most commonly reported reason for this in the audit was the misconception that the vaccination makes you ill. Although the influenza vaccination causes an immune response which may result in a brief period of flu-like symptoms, unlike true influenza, this is likely to be short lived and much less severe. Please contact the surgery if you haven't had your flu jab this year or if you have any further questions about the benefits of being immunised.