The Doctor Will See You Now: The highs and lows of my life as an NHS GP by Dr Amir Khan
Source: Library via BorrowBox
Publisher: Ebury Digital
Genres: Non-fiction, Medical Memoir
Narrator: Dr Amir Khan
Length: 7 Hours 25 Minutes
Publication Date: 18th November 2020
Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):
“SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
60 hours a week
10 minutes to make a diagnosis
Welcome to the surgery.
Charting his 15 years working as a GP, from rookie to becoming a partner in one of the UK’s busiest surgeries, Dr Amir Khan’s stories are as much about community and care as they are about blood tests and bodily fluids.
Along the way, he introduces us to the patients that have taught him about love, loss and family – from the regulars to the rarities – giving him the most unbelievable highs and crushing lows, and often in just 10 minutes. There is the unsuspecting pregnant woman about to give birth at the surgery; the man offering to drop his trousers and take a urine sample there and then; the family who needs support through bereavement, the vulnerable child who will need continuing care for a long-term health condition; and, of course, the onset of COVID-19 that tested the surgery at every twist and turn. But, it’s all in a day’s work for Amir.
The Doctor Will See You Now is a powerful story of hope, love and compassion, but it’s also a rare insider account of what really goes on behind those surgery doors.”
My Thoughts & Review
This is a non-fiction that consists of a variety of stories based on patients that are seen by Dr Khan at a medical practice in Bradford. This is an honest and well written book. there are some and upsetting stories included in this read but Dr Khan has done a brilliant job in telling the stories with compassion and respect.
If like myself you’ve watched the UK tv series ‘GP’s Behind Closed Doors’ you may recognise some of the stories even though Dr Khan has changed the names and details of the patients he has mentioned.
From the writing style to the Dr Khan’s calming voice on the audiobook you can really see how compassionate he is about both his job and his patients. You can also see how much he goes beyond his duty to make sure his patients get the care they truly need.
Out of all the stories I think the one that will stick with me the most will be the one told in the last few chapters. This is the story of Dr Khan’s experiences and the challenges that he and his colleagues have faced during this whole Covid-19 pandemic. It was definitely an eye opener.
As I mentioned earlier this was a sad read at times but one that I definitely enjoyed a lot. I would definitely recommend this one to anyone who is a fan of the TV series ‘GP Behind closed Doors’ or to someone looking for a quick, easy read that’s not full of medical jargon.
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