Health Care Professional Students

St Augustine’ Surgery is a teaching practice. This means that we often have medical and physician’s assistant students here on placements of up to 4 weeks at a time. We greatly appreciate our patients helping us to teach these future health care professionals. When booking an appointment you should have been told if a student might be present. Where there is a student the consultation may take one of 3 forms:

  • The student may be “sitting-in” with the doctor, observing your consultation. He/she may be asked questions by the GP during the consultation.
  • The GP may be “sitting-in” with the student. In this case the student will be leading the start of the consultation, with the doctor present in the room. Please try not to talk to the doctor until he/she joins in the consultation. At the end of the consultation the GP will confirm your diagnosis and treatment and will answer any questions that you may have.
  • You may be invited to see the student on his/her own before seeing the GP. In this case, the student will listen to your problem, may examine you, and may suggest a diagnosis and treatment plan. The student may not get everything right but this will not be the end of your consultation. The student will explain everything to the GP in your presence. This will give you the opportunity to correct anything and will give the GP the opportunity to ask you extra questions and possibly examine you again. The GP will then give you his/her diagnosis and suggest some sort of treatment. If the student made a different diagnosis or suggested a different treatment then the GP will explain why this is not right for you. Students learn a huge amount from this experience and most patients find it helpful too.

If you would prefer not to see a student at all, please let the receptionists know so you that you can be booked in with another clinician or with the same clinician at a different time.
Finally, we and the students would like to thank you very much for helping us with this important teaching. Our student feedback is overwhelmingly positive, and this is largely due to our very helpful patients! We can’t do it without you!