Get the best from your Doctor!

GP reception

As Which? advises [Sept. 2017], don’t think of your GP surgery receptionist as ‘guard dog’. Think of them as assisting you find the best person to help you. Tell the receptionist what you want, so there are fewer wasted appointments.

It’s useful to ask to see the same Doctor again, if you are dealing with same health problem.

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As most GP appointments are short, work out your health needs and questions before your visit and write them down. Tell the GP what they are at the start. e.g. A list of your symptoms you want the doctor to address, and any thoughts on causes. Are you worried about a possible disease, e.g. cancer? Any online treatment you have read about that sounds useful? Any questions in your personal healthcare plan? Take it with you.

Treat the appointment as a shared talk, and let the GP know what’s important to you. What result are you hoping for?

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If you did not try what the GP advised you last time, or have not taken your medicines as prescribed, or have not changed your diet as recommended, be honest!

Ask the GP to tell you what to do if things get worse, or if you get extra symptoms. Also ask about the possible side effects of any medicines the GP prescribes for you.[source: Which? Sept. 2017] How and when will I receive any tests results?

Antibiotics:  Ask have you been prescribed too many?  Research in the British Medical Journal in 2019 found that a lot of antibiotic prescriptions go on for longer than recommended in guidelines. The UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has produced guidance on which antibiotics to use, and for how long for different illnesseses.

page updated 7 June 2021.  © 2021 by social enterprise Diabetes-cutmyrisks.co.uk.™ Ltd.

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