Here’s to 2019

HERE’S TO 2019

At the end of one year, and the beginning of another, we can, no doubt, look back on what made last year hard and consider what may make this coming year harder still. Unquestionably, there will be bad times in the coming months – times when life will be difficult. There may also be moments when, in the face of overwhelming demand, some of us will hold our head in our hands and wonder if we can keep on going. But, amidst all the very real problems, there will be good times too. So, for today at least, here’s to those good times:

Here’s to the young couple who, together, will consult us, excited about their expecting a baby for the first time.

Here’s to the anxious parent we will be able to reassure that their child hasn’t got meningitis and is going to be just fine.

Here’s to the depressed patient, who after months of support, we will see begin to smile again.

Here’s to the early diagnosis we will make in a patient who goes on to make a full recovery.

Here’s to that restorative cup of tea the receptionist will bring when we’re running an hour behind.

Here’s to the laughs we will share with colleagues – and to those we will share with patients.

Here’s to the advice and support we will receive from our secondary care colleagues.

Here’s to the blood sample which, allegedly, no one will be able to get as well as we can.

Here’s to the ‘thank you’ we will receive from a genuinely appreciative patient.

Here’s to the empty waiting room we will be pleased to see at the end of the day.

Here’s to the practice nurse who will manage our patients with chronic disease better than we ever could and who will reapply a dressing we’ve just undone, and here’s to the HCA who will squeeze in an ECG because they’re only too happy to help.

Here’s to the patient we will reassure isn’t as mad as they think they are.

Here’s to the prescription we will write that the pharmacy has in stock and which actually does make our patient better.

Here’s to the patient we will encourage back to work.

Here’s to the couple who, for want of knowing where else to go, will do us the honour of coming to see us because they think we might just be able to help them sort out their differences.

Here’s to the practice manager who will solve problems before we even knew they existed.

Here’s to the patient who will not have a stroke because of our urging them to stop smoking twenty years ago.

Here’s to the patient who we will be able to tell that the scan that they were so concerned about is normal.

Here’s to the lonely who will find in us a friend.

Here’s to the colleague who will help us out when we’re struggling.

Here’s to the terminal patient we will enable to stay at home to die.

Here’s to the secretary who will transform our mumbled dictation into a letter that makes sense and who will understand referral pathways however many times they change.

Here’s to the prompt emergency treatment we will give ensuring a patient arrives safely at hospital.

Here’s to the one with whom we will simply sit and listen – the one whom we will be privileged to be allowed, just a little, into their sadness.

Here’s to those who will pass their CSA and will be welcomed into practices with open arms.

Here’s to those who, at the end of a hugely worthwhile career characterised by care and compassion, will reach retirement and be sorely missed.

Here’s to those times when we will somehow find ourselves bringing comfort, offering hope, sharing joy.

Here’s to the times we will know that, against all the odds, we really have made a positive difference.

Here’s to when we will be glad we did a little more than was required of us just because we could.

Here’s to the job that is unlike any other and still has the capacity to be among the best in the world.

Here’s to everything that will be good about working as a GP this year.

And here’s to ensuring that there will be many more good years to come.


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