I have just completed my first week of my “rural GP” rotations. The quotation marks and the title should suggest what this post will be about.
My rotation is in a place called Warkworth. Warkworth is actually still in Auckland. The point of a rural placement is that I should be placed in some tiny rural town deep interior of the North island. But I’m actually in the northern most part of Auckland which is so unnecessarily big that a part of it is actually considered “rural”. Warkworth is an hour away from where I live. Even though it’s still in Auckland.
I mean of course Auckland is not as big as other cities, like Melbourne for instance. But I don’t think any part of Melbourne is considered “rural”. Whereas, Warkworth is. Isn’t that weird?
Anyway. I’m at Warkworth medical centre for the next 6 weeks. It was an absolute nightmare trying to find accommodation at this place. Luckily we live in the age on things like AirBnB and what not. So it should be easier finding accommodation right?
There was another student at the same practice before me. And she was staying in an AirBnB quite close to the practice for 45$ a night that she recommended. So I thought I would check it out. I went to the owner’s house and the lady there took me downstairs, opened the stair closet, and there was a bed in it.
Yep. Not kidding. No Windows, no space, literally a stair closet that this other student was paying 45$ a night for. And there wasn’t access to the kitchen either because this was someone’s house. I was very concerned. I could die in there. Someone could close the door and I could literally die. I was genuinely concerned for this other student who spent 6 weeks there. I wonder if she was hoping that if she stayed there long enough, she’d receive a letter from Hogwarts.
Blech. But yeah that wasn’t going to work for me. And everywhere else was extremely expensive. I ended up finding a studio beach house about 10 minutes away from Warkworth. Yep 10 minutes away is basically another town. But anyway. It’s a bed, a kitchenette and a bathroom. Which was pretty new and pretty decent however, it’s 260$ a week to stay there. Eugh. Expensive. But decent I suppose. I decided to drive back home on Fridays so that’s good.
But oh my God is it hot in the studio. It’s extremely hot in Warkworth in general but there is no air in the place I’m staying. I tried opening some windows and a bunch of bugs flew in so I spent an evening hiding in my bed scared that bugs would crawl into my ears. So I decided never to open the windows again and die of the heat instead. Blech.
On the bright side, the actual rotation is great. The practice is pleasant and all the GPs I’ve worked with thus far, including my supervisor, have been really nice. So that’s really good. I saw some patients on my own aswell and they were really nice too. I guess 6 weeks won’t be too bad.
It’s challenging though. In any one day I saw patients with illnesses from every single medical specialty. Cardiology, rheumatology, orthopedics, gastroenterology, psychiatry, etc etc. In hospital, you refer them to wherever they need to go in a heartbeat. But in general practice, you have to deal with it all. Which means you have to know it all. I do not. Yet. So I basically have to study everything again.
And Warkworth is quite nice. It’s part of a region called Rodney and they’re famous for beaches and nature trails. So of course I had to go for a walk. And of course the most interesting thing for me is sunset.
So here are some pictures from Warkworth