After seven weeks spent learning about care of the elderly and neurology, it’s time to move onto my next rotation which is managing long term conditions. This is a GP rotation that enables us to learn more about the common conditions that patients present with and how to deal with them. From talking to my colleagues, it seems like one of the more chilled out rotations in the sense that you have more spare time in comparison to some of the other blocks that we have to learn this year – this will come in handy as I’m hoping to get most of my revision done before my final rotation, women and children, which is a pretty intense few weeks.
I have to say I enjoyed this rotation a lot more than I thought I would. Neurology to me is a pretty scary specialty; mainly because the brain is in my opinion the most complex organ in the human body which leads to even more difficulties in trying to find out what’s wrong with an individual presenting with neurological symptoms.
By the end of this rotation, I also came to the realization that caring for the elderly population is a lot harder than I had anticipated. There are so many factors that you have to consider: drug interactions, altering the dose of drugs, minimising polypharmacy etc… Right now, it seems like I’m miles away until I get to grips to what to prescribe to whom and when.