Our South Asian Workforce

Dr Sid DeshmukhGP and Chair of Bexley Wellbeing Partnership
11 Jul 2024
South Asian Heritage Month


South Asian culture is “more than just a curry”

Bexley GP, Dr Sid Deshmukh shares his story about why he’s proud of his South Asian heritage and working in Bexley.

Tell us a bit about yourself and the story behind how you became a GP Lead in Bexley

Portrait of Dr Sid Deshmukh, GP and Chair of Bexley Wellbeing PartnershipI was born in Mumbai and trained as a Gynaecologist in Mumbai. Mumbai is a city that never sleeps. It’s always on the move, vibrant and happening! It is multicultural, and people of all religions work together and play together.

I came to the UK in 1996 to further my education and worked as a Gynaecologist for 3 years. As a passionate musician that plays the drums, I have performed as a freelancer with many bands in the UK. In 1999, I got to know a group of GPs who also had their own band called Heart Beats. I started playing with them, and we used to talk about general practice and I found the idea of becoming a GP very attractive. I switched from Gynaecology to General Practice and have been a GP Partner in Sidcup for the last 20 years. I was always keen to work with commissioners and provide my clinical input as to how we can improve the care of patients. I have been a clinical lead in Bexley for a number of years, and I am proud of my role.

Tell us why you are proud of your South Asian heritage

For me it’s the vibrancy. I see it in all aspects of life, from arts and culture, the language, the food (and it’s much more than just a curry!) the feeling of community, the various forms of music and the fusion of lived experiences, all the way to the many ways we approach work. I like to call it the “immigrant mind-set”. It’s the idea of the hustle, to experiment and learn, to persevere towards a goal. I also get the best of both worlds here with double the number of celebrations – celebrating all the Hindu and Christian festivals

As a GP does it bring great satisfaction to be able to help the South Asian community in Bexley?

It absolutely does. In Bexley there are health inequalities between different communities and ethnic groups, with Black and South Asian communities experiencing higher rates of infant and maternal mortality, cardiovascular disease (CVD) and diabetes.

I see great opportunities working as a clinical lead and Chair of the Local Care Partnership and also working closely with other practices in Primary Care Networks and wider stakeholders of the Integrated Care System.

We must work together to find new solutions for tackling health inequalities. I think voluntary groups, community champions and other partners across the Bexley system have an essential role to play. We must get better at reaching out to these communities and building relations, targeting the right people with the right messaging, and using community leaders to help raise awareness around different health issues. I am looking forward to contributing to these efforts.

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