Dr Alice O'Brien
I went to university at St George’s Medical School in London and then came back to Nottingham for my junior doctor training and my GP training.
Diploma in Obs and Gynae
Hi, I am Alice. I am a GP trainee in inner city Nottingham. I grew up in this area and really enjoy making a difference in this more deprived area. I especially like supporting those with mental health issues as I find it so satisfying to be a part of their recovery.
I am a mum, so I work part time. I have been in training to be a GP since 2014 and am due to finally finish training in a few months. I grew up in Nottingham, but trained in London
My Typical Day:
I arrive at 8.30am and check blood results and urgent messages.
9.30am I start speaking to patients over the phone. If they need to be seen in person I book then in to see me later, or if I can deal with it over the phone we have a consultation over the phone. I aim to talk to 8-12 people.
10.30am ‘Coffee break’. In reality I don’t drink any coffee and am still phoning patients.
11.00am face to face appointments
12.00pm home visit to an elderley or house bound patient. I love looking inside people’s homes, I am very nosey!
1.00pm I eat lunch and do all my administration e.g. write referrals to the hospital, order scans for patients etc.
14.50pm Face-to-face and telephone appointments.
5.30pm ‘Debrief’ discussion with my supervisor. I can ask him/her questions about any complicated patients I saw in the day.
5.45pm – head home
Quick Fire Questions
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
friendly local GP
What's your favourite food?
Freshly cooked doughnuts from the seaside
What did you want to be after you left school?
I wanted to be a nurse as my Mum was a district nurse. I went into medicine as I really liked the idea of being a GP and going on home visits on my bike.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Only sometimes. I do remember the odd stink bomb, changing the time on the clocks so we could leave early. and sabotaging the white boards.
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
I am so proud to be part of the COVID vaccination team. I find it a real joy to be there to reassure very anxious people.
If you weren't in healthcare, what job would you do?
I would love to own an Ice cream van and sell ice cream in beautiful places.