As Which? advises [Sept. 2017], don’t think of your GP surgery receptionist as ‘guard dog’. Think of them as assisting you find the person most skilled to help you. Tell the receptionist what you want, so they can ensure there are fewer wasted appointments.
It’s useful to ask to see the same GP again if you are dealing with unresolved problems, or if you have ongoing illnesses.
As most GP appointments are short, work out your main needs before your visit and write them down. Tell the GP what they are at the start.
Treat the appointment as a shared discussion, and let the GP know what’s important to you.
If you didn’t try what the GP advised you last time, or haven’t taken your medicines as prescribed, or haven’t 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]
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