‘One appointment, one problem’ – Make the most of your appointment
Ask yourself – how important is being seen quickly? Could I seek advice from an alternative source? Would I be better waiting to see a GP who knows my condition?
If a GP runs late – are they spending necessary time with patients? One day you may appreciate them running late for you!
It’s sensible to bring a list – however, consider what’s achievable in 10 minutes. 4 problems? That’s 150 seconds each. It’s usually better to come back again rather than squeezing everything into 10 minutes.
Beforehand – work out what’s really worrying you. Make short notes that describe your symptoms.
Get to the point – don’t beat around the bush and don’t ‘save’ important issues until the end
Wear accessible clothing if you’re likely to need to undress for an examination
Make sure you understand what’s been agreed and what’s happening next