Consultations

Getting the most out of a consultation:

The BMA offers the following advice to help you use your appointment time effectively ...

Be prepared:

Make a list of any questions / problems you wish to discuss before hand.

Take a pen & paper as you may want to note down important points.

Wear loose clothing if it's likely you will need to be examined.

Be prepared to tell your doctor of any non-prescription medicines or supplements you are taking.

You can bring someone with you for support.

During the appointment:

Don't be afraid to ask questions.

If you don't understand, ask your doctor to repeat it or write it down.

If you are prescribed a drug, make sure you know why it has been given to you, how long to take it for etc. Remember pharmacists are experts in medication and a very useful source of advice.

Be direct. If you have a problem that you find embarrassing or difficult to talk about, don't leave it to the end of the appointment before mentioning it. Remember your problem is likely to a common one for your GP, who is there to help you.

Be on time:

Be on time for your appointment, or inform the surgery as soon as possible, if you wish to cancel your appointment.

Separate appointments:

Make a separate appointment for each member of the family.