The issues with paperwork mainly revolve around the facts that it is never ending and it can be dull. There is an expectation that it should be completed yesterday and there are increasingly complicated forms, just because someone has discovered a new function on Microsoft Word.
Is there a way to get away from paperwork? No. Are there ways of dealing with it? Yes.
- Start early
Coming in a little earlier before surgery to deal with bits and bobs will lead to a less stressful morning surgery.
- Remain vigilant
The seventh normal autoantibody screen in a row might lull you into a false sense of security. Pay attention to what you are reading and doing.
- Do not multi-task
When dealing with important things, do not try to multi-task. Signing a script, faxing a referral and reviewing a blood result all at the same time will only lead to problems.
- Give up fighting it
Procrastination will only lead to even more to do the next day.
- Have a routine
Allotted times for each task helps organise your day. Set aside a time to read letters, sign prescriptions and review blood results.
- Admit that you are struggling
Most importantly as a trainee if you are having difficulty coping with the amount of work asked of you, discuss it with your trainer.
- Contributed by Dr Syed Haque, a GP registrar in the east of England.