This forum post is hidden because you have chosen to ignore doc2doc_interviews. Show Details
This forum post is hidden because you have submitted an abuse report against it. Show Details
doc2doc interviews... Pat Lush
What made you want to be doctor?
Both my parents are doctors.My father sent me to Epsom College as a boarder. My Biology teacher a Doctor [non-medical] Biggs taught me biology and the problems of over population. I like to try to help and I realised that in order to do something to help ‘every child be a wanted child’ it would help if I was medic. I passed my A levels but my grades were not good enough for Medical School. So, I did re-sits at Kingston College of Education and Isleworth Tec. It was quite a change from Epsom, but I really enjoyed this year. I had hoped to work in USA and did ECFG exam and an elective as 4th year Medical student [Bristol] in North and South Carolina. But after marriage and fostering children and getting into General Practice I have stayed in Gloucester as a GP since 1980.
Why did you choose your speciality?
Well sort of process of elimination. I know that I could not be a surgeon; neither I nor the patients would have liked this! I qualified on LMSSA and MRCS. LRCP and so not the brightest of students and most specialities would not have been for me. I might have liked psychiatry and I did a year as a Houseman in psychiatry. For a number of years I was a part time prison medical officer as well as a full time GP, and for a bit on the City and Country Council. I found that I could do General practice and I think I have the ‘best job in the World’.
What is the most interesting thing about your speciality/job?
Variety. Patients from new babies to patients in their late 90s. Huge variety of disease from minor to major. In the past week I have seen one new Malaria and one new pulmonary TB.
What has been your best moment in medicine?
Well, lots. Driving back from qualifying LMSSA, driving my Reliant 3 wheeled van smoking a huge cigar and realising that I was a Doctor. Patients who get better. Patients who thank me. I like seeing children. I like the face to face Consultation and the variety of Inner City General Practice.
And you worst?
Well I like my patients to get better and I am sad when I can’t help. I do not like doing ‘phone backs’, we do these to try to cope with patient demand and I am not good at triage as I want to see my patients! As I get older the pressure of general practice does get harder and the volume of paper work increases every year.
What advice would you give prospective doctors?
Go for it, as I say it is the ‘best job in the world’.
What has been your favourite discussion doc2doc of all time?
Well lots, anything by Odysseus, I quite like the quizzes and clinical threads.
What do you do when you are not being a doctor?
When not a doctor, husband, father, grandfather, son and brother? My health is not very good now but I used to like most sports and used to climb and swim quite a lot, and ride on my CBF100 Honda Motor cycle a bit. I have an apartment in Portugal, where I relax and I used to do a bit of Politics (but not now!)