Ask yourself

how urgent is my problem? Do I need to be seen urgently today? Could I seek advice from an alternative source? Would it be better for me to wait and see a doctor who knows my condition?

If a doctor runs late

is it because they are spending necessary time with a patient? One day you may appreciate them running late to help you.

Before you come for your appointment

work out what’s really wrong with you. Make short notes that describe your symptoms.

During your appointment

get to the point. Don’t save important issues until the end.

Do wear accessible clothing

in case you need to undress for an examination.

At the end of your consultation

make sure you understand what has been agreed and what is happening next.

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