Getting the most from your appointment

How important is it that I’m seen quickly, or would I be better waiting for an appointment with a particular GP? If you have a long-term condition you’ll probably benefit from a GP who knows you. Do I really need to see the GP or could the nurse or pharmacist help me?

They may be spending needed time with patients. One day you may appreciate them running late for you.

But consider what’s achievable in 10 minutes. 4 problems in 10 minutes – that’s 150 seconds each. It’s often better to come back again and spend more time on a problem rather than squeeze as many as you can into one ten minute appointment.

Work out in your own mind what you’re worried about, and highlight any particular concerns. Consider preparing short notes, including how you would describe your symptoms.

Don’t beat about the bush and don’t keep important issues until the end.

If you’re likely to need to undress for examination.

Ask to go through the plan again.

Join our patient participation group and please fill in a Friends and Family card after each contact you have with the surgery.