Learning & Working
General Practice on Arran is a varied and interesting job in a beautiful environment with a great quality of life. This is an opportunity to work somewhere where you have time to address patient problems.
Hospital care is provided at Arran War Memorial Hospital, which the GPs are also involved with. There are visiting consultants for some clinics, and we enjoy good links with our colleagues at Crosshouse and Ayr Hospitals for advice and transfer of particularly unwell patients. There are close links between all multidisciplinary teams, from mental health to social work and education.
Working on Arran demands generalist skills. As a GP, you could quite literally be seeing a patient with diabetes one minute, and attending a road accident or applying a plaster cast the next. The island is rich in learning opportunities, and we’re keen to make this available for those who are studying or training – both in nursing and medicine.
Throughout the sites we enjoy having local school pupils, students, trainees, rural fellows work with us – they bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm into the practice, and teaching is a natural role of being a doctor or nurse. The trainees are fully qualified doctors and work under the supervision of a senior doctor. Trainee doctors may sometimes ask to record consultations, but patients will always be asked in advance and given the choice of declining.
We are grateful to our patients for their understanding that teaching sometimes makes appointments a bit longer, but often a bit more fun and interesting too. It is a vital part of helping to educate and train the next generation of GPs too. If you would like to join our amazing group of Alumni? Click here for more information.