Try and arrive 10 or 15 minutes earlier than your appointment time and allow plenty of time for your appointment, as sometimes other appointments can overrun, or your healthcare professional may be called away to an emergency.
As with your GP appointment, it can be helpful to bring a list of your symptoms and questions with you. It can also be beneficial to the doctor or nurse you are seeing if you are able to bring samples of any medication you may currently be on, including medicines you have bought yourself, or any other alternative medicines.
During your consultation, you should raise any questions or concerns you have, as clearly as possible. This will help you get the most from your appointment. Feel free to take notes, this can help if you require follow-up care.
By the end of your consultation, you should have been given information as to:
• What might be wrong;
• Whether you need any tests;
• Which treatment is best for you;
• What happens next, and who to contact.
Some Hospitals provide training on site, and as such may have other healthcare professionals sitting in on your appointment. If you feel uncomfortable with this, tell the nurse or doctor. It is your decision who stays for your consultation, and your care will not be affected by this request.
Similarly, you can be accompanied by a relative or friend during your examination. A chaperone can also be made available if you request one.