General Practitioner (Also see GP - Lifestyle Focus & General Practice at Oakmed)

A General Practitioner or “GP” is usually the first doctor you go to. They become the “family” doctor, because that is what they specialise in. They are not limited in their scope of medical understanding, and can expertly judge whether more serious interventions are necessary, and when not. The visit will always include discussing the problem, an examination, the actual treatment or procedure, and advice on what the next step is.

Although GP's are most often visited for general ailments, they are fully trained in:

  • trauma (burns, fractures, wounds etc),
  • pregnancy, obstetrics, babies & children (peadiatrics)
  • skin disorders
  • urology, older people diseases
    ............ and the full range of treatments and procedures that you would come to expect from a family doctor.

Each patient is unique , but any of the following can typically be expected to take place at the doctors rooms, in addition to standard examinations.

  • ECG & exercise ECG (heart)
  • Policy application examinations

In areas where there are fewer specialists, GP's will perform even much more challenging operations and procedures than what the public has become used to in the city. Doctors can also guide patients in weight loss, or refer them to disciplines where more extensive time is spent on a specific field.

HPCSA Definition (Click here to go to their Homepage)

The profession of medicine Is defined as one or all of the following – the physical examination of any person, the performance of procedures and/or the prescribing of medicines and managing the health of a patient (including prevention, treatment and rehabilitation), offering diagnosis based on information from the patient and offering advice of a medical nature.