GP practice holds exhibition documenting patients' lives

An East London practice is holding an exhibition of photographs of its patients in their homes, together with stories about their lives.

Dr Adams: the shots reflect the trust between GPs and their patients
Dr Adams: the shots reflect the trust between GPs and their patients

Dr Kate Adams, a GP at the Shoreditch Park Surgery, said she hoped the RCGP-sponsored exhibition reflected the unique relationship GPs had with their patients.

‘You’re quite struck as a GP by the stories that people talk to you about and we wanted to capture that – it's something special.’


Dr Adams worked with Swiss photographer Michael von Graffenried, to create panoramic shots of patients in their homes. The photos are displayed at the practice together with the patients' background stories.

Dr Adams said the shots reflected the trust between GPs and their patients, something that was at risk of being lost.

‘There are an awful lots of targets [in general practice] – putting people into a certain box; a disease box or a medical box. We felt that there is an awful lot of work that GPs do that can’t be collected so easily.’

‘We’re really at risk of losing the narrative of the patient story,’ she said.

The What Counts Rather Than What Can Be Counted exhibition will remain at the Shoreditch Park Surgery until the beginning of October, when it will move to the new RCGP headquarters in Euston.

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