How to get the most from your health appointment
It can be hard to get an appointment with your GP these days, and when you do, you only get 10 minutes of their time – this may not be long enough to get across everything you want to say.
Make sure you get the most out of your valuable appointment with our top tips to help you prepare.
You can use them when you’re seeing your GP and other health care professionals, or going to a hospital appointment.
Top Tips for Medical Appointments
- Write a list of your symptoms and what you may want done about them
- Put the health issue that concerns you most at the top of the list, and talk about that first
- Book a double appointment (if possible) to give you more time
- Ask for the first or last appointment of the session
- Try and ask for the same GP or doctor every time
- Take a list of any medicines and pills you’re on – or take them to the appointment
- Wear light, loose fitting clothes
- Tell your practice more about you
- Let your practice know if you have a learning disability
- Take someone with you for moral support
- Give your practice advance warning of any particular needs or issues – for now and for future appointments
- Use telephone appointments for follow up to make things easier
- Make use of your practice’s online services
- Contact the Trust for help and advice.
- Use the resources at www.thalidomidetrust.org
- Tell us your concerns, ask us questions, share your experiences
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