Widely recognised for her pioneering community work in fast-track cardiology care, Swansea GP, Kirstie Truman (43), is keen to show others just how empowering and rewarding a career as a General Practitioner in Wales can be. Kirstie explains:
“There’s definitely nothing ‘general’ about General Practice. My day job is testament to that. Throughout my career, I’ve had a special interest in cardiology and I’m part of a team of local GPs responsible for the development and ongoing delivery of an innovative fast-track referral system for cardiac patients across the Swansea region of South Wales. The first of its kind in Wales, our Community Cardiology service has significantly reduced patient waiting times through a more targeted onward referral of cardiac patients to hospital consultants. In the last few years we have reduced patient waiting times from 26 down to 10 weeks and secured additional NHS Wales funding to continue and expand the reach of this service. We even won a ‘Working Together’ award in recognition of this work.
“But it doesn’t end there. There’s limitless opportunities for GPs to widen out the day job with extra-curricular activities. In addition to my cardiology work, I am also a Swansea Bay Health Cluster Lead in charge of leading improvements in patient care. I mentor the next generation of medical professionals under the Swansea Bay GP Training Scheme run by Wales Deanery AND carry out the day job as partner GP, of thirteen years, at the St. Thomas West Cross Medical Centre in Swansea. But it’s never all work and no play. Based here in Swansea Bay, there’s miles of unspoilt coastline for my family and I to enjoy. Something we take full advantage of most weekends. There’s so many benefits to training, working and living here in Wales, I’d encourage anyone embarking on a career in medicine to put it at the top of their list.”