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Doctor hopes documentary set in Slough GP surgery raises awareness

A doctor from a GP surgery in Slough which is the subject of a television documentary is hoping it will encourage people to be more health conscious.

Cameras have been rolling at the Farnham Road Surgery for Channel 5’s GPs: Behind Closed Doors programme since May with the aim of educating the public about the hectic day-to-day lives of GPs in the town.

Dr Ameet Tailor, 30, is one of the practice’s doctors whose daily consultations feature in the show.

He told the Express he hopes the documentary will help the surgery promote some important safety messages.

“In the first episode there was something about cervical cancer and afterwards on Twitter you could see people saying they would go and get tested so that was a big win for us,” he said.

Instead of using film crews, the production company Knickerbockerglory placed small cameras in designated rooms, with the patient’s consent, so consultations could take place as normal.

Dr Tailor, who was completing his training when filming started, added: “The first few weeks you were certainly aware that they’re there and you’re a bit more conscious of your decision making.”

Along with its partner surgery in Weekes Drive, the Farnham Road practice is responsible for overseeing the care of 24,500 patients in the town with about 1,000 face-to-face appointments taking place there each week.

And Iver resident Dr Tailor said he thinks the programme will give the public an insight into the challenges that doctors face in tackling the population’s ‘complex health needs’.

He said: “I think in Slough we’ve got a varied population with quite a lot of complex health needs.

“It’s quite clear there’s areas of socio-economic deprivation and we see this with some of the different clinics we run where there’s some people that are very hard up.

“The priority has to be getting quality health care for all of the population living in the town and that’s what makes Slough such a challenging but enjoyable place to work.”

In the latest episode which aired yesterday (Wednesday), the documentary followed Dr Jackie Bulger’s quest to find out why her diabetic patient Sarah’s insulin levels were so high.

Delving deeper, Dr Tailor’s colleague discovered that her patient was suffering from depression and had not eaten properly in three months.

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