General practice and general medicine have a pivotal role in society. This vast field ranges from the care of children, women’s health, men’s health, diabetic care, weight loss, obesity, skin problems, HIV care and everything and anything else in between – that is the responsibility of the general practitioner. Your primary care doctor is in a perfect position to advise and counsel you on many an issue that is of concern to you.
Typically family doctors are the first point of contact for patients when they feel ill or experience a basic injury. The GP will initially make a diagnosis using simple procedures and decide how to treat you, may do some blood testing or other special investigations and then decide on whether to treat or send you to a specialist for more involved care. The most important reason for visiting your GP is that he knows your entire background, history and has records of all your visits to him.