Twenty-two doctors, starting their journey to become specialist GPs in New England/Northwest, got together in Tamworth this week to mark the start of their three-to-four years of training.
Dr Jessica Chapman, who is starting her training at My GP Tamworth, is looking forward to becoming a GP as well as making Tamworth home.
“My husband and I love Tamworth and wanted to live here, I decided on general practice for that reason and I also love the day-to-day variety that general practice brings.
“I’ve spent the last year working at Tamworth Base Hospital and met many of the brilliant doctors in this area and am certain it’s a great medical community to learn in.
“My special interest is palliative care and I also plan to practice in that area.
“I look forward to being a real part of the community and building long-term relationships with patients, I imagine general practice is going to be extremely challenging but also really interesting with the breadth of patients I’ll meet each day,” Dr Chapman said.
Local GP training organisation GP Synergy Acting CEO, Georgina van de Water, said to support the registrars in meeting local community health needs GP Synergy delivers regionalised training delivered by local medical education teams.
“In New England/Northwest there are currently 72 GP registrars in various stages of training, with 23 training here in Tamworth.
“It’s also important for local communities to welcome and support new doctors as they settle into rural towns, as we’d all be pleased to see the doctors stay here in the longer term,” Ms van de Water said.