What Is a General Physician?
General Physicians are highly trained specialists who provide a range of non-surgical health care to adult patients. They care for difficult, serious or unusual medical problems and continue to see the patient until these problems have resolved or stabilised.
Much of their work takes place with hospitalised patients and most general physicians also see patients in their consulting rooms.
Their broad range of expertise differentiates General Physicians from other specialists who limit their medical practice to problems involving only one body system or to a special area of medical knowledge.
Roles of a General Physician Consultant
Global Approach:Whether the referral identifies one health problem or many, the general physician's assessment is always comprehensive.
Complex Care:The general physician's broad training provides expertise in diagnosis and treatment of problems affecting different body systems in a patient.
Procedures:General physicians are trained to carry out a variety of medical procedures for the diagnosis and management of patients with severe and complex illnesses.
Diagnosis:General physicians have special training in the usefulness, limitations and costs of most diagnostic tests.
Treatment:The general physician has special expertise in making treatment decisions to help patients with complex and serious illnesses.
Pre- and Post-operative assessment:They advise surgeons of a patient's risk status and can recommend appropriate management to minimize the risk of the operation.