How to get the best from your Appointment

Ask yourself: How important is it that I’m seen quickly, or would I be better waiting for an appointment with a particular GP? If you have a long-term condition you’ll probably benefit from a GP who knows you.

Don’t be put off by a GP who runs late: they may be spending needed time with patients. One day you may appreciate them running late for you.

It’s tempting to bring a list of unrelated problems, but consider what’s achievable in 10 minutes. It’s often better to come back rather than squeeze as many problems as you can into one ten minute appointment. If you need a longer appointment, let the receptionist know when booking your appointment and this can be arranged.

Before you see the GP work out in your mind what you’re worried about and highlight any particular concerns. Consider preparing short notes, including how you would describe your symptoms.

Get to the point: don’t beat about the bush and don’t keep important issues until the end.

Wear accessible clothing if you’re likely to need to undress for examination.

Make sure you understand what happens next, if you are not sure ask to go through the plan again

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