Jake has had positive experiences of GP appointments. He believes that a good GP cares about the patients and tries to get to know them as a person.
Jake has had positive experiences of GP appointments. He remembered having his appendix taken out when he was seven and going to the GP for check-ups. He also broke his arm in 2013, after which he needed to go to the doctor regularly for a couple of months. Most recently, he had an appointment because of a chest infection. Jake believes he’s probably been to A&E (Accident and Emergency) more than to his local doctor who he sees for subsequent check-ups. His mum usually makes the appointment by phone, and it is she or his sister that goes with him. He usually sees the same doctor, who he said has always been nice’.
For Jake, a good GP cares about the patients and tries to get to know them as a person. He feels that being able to see the same doctor is important for establishing a caring, stable doctor-patient relationship. He said he also feels more comfortable with male GPs but wouldn’t mind seeing a female doctor. He can understand why some people might trust older doctors more, but for him it doesn’t make much difference whether he is seen by a younger or older GP.
Jake’s local surgery is close to home and he feels quite satisfied with it. The only thing he would change is the building’s appearance to make it look more modern. Jake described the waiting room walls as rather plain with some photographs, and believes that some health-related posters could make the place look livelier. There are also magazines in the waiting room but he has never picked them up because he rarely has to wait long.
Jake understands why younger people might prefer to email or text their GP but such consultations feel informal to him. He likes the idea of being able to access his medical records online, and feels that health professionals and family members should be able to look at these.
Jake believes that most young people prefer to speak to their friends and family before making a doctor’s appointment. It would be useful, though, to have information leaflets, posters and school talks that let young people know about the range of issues they can discuss with the GP. He also believes that healthcare services could reach more young people through social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.