Making the most of your appointment
Some people come with a number of problems, or remember another problem halfway through the consultation which can make it difficult to keep to time. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your appointment.
- Be prepared and make a list of your concerns before seeing the doctor so you can agree together what you need to discuss during the appointment
- Sharing your list with your Dr means you can agree which problems can realistically be dealt with that day.
- Rushing though a long list can feel unsatisfactory for you and possibly lead to missing important symptoms at the time.
- We have forms at the reception desk and waiting area you can use to help you do this.
- If you do have a number of concerns that you would like to discuss you can explain that to your GP who may suggest booking a longer appointment in the future
Admissions to hospital
When someone is very unwell they may need admitting to a local hospital and the GP may have to do that there and then. This will involve the GP talking to the team at the hospital which can take some time and may require emergency treatment by the GP at the practice, sometime with the support of the ambulance crew as well, before they are transferred to hospital.
Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated in these situations
Interruptions from other Health Care Providers
GPs are part of a larger health care team and are often contacted by A&E departments, hospital doctors, laboratories, midwives, health visitors, social services etc.
We try to arrange these conversations after booked surgeries, but in emergency/ urgent situations this cannot wait and so your GP may be dealing with one of these teams whilst you’re in the waiting room.
By liaising with that team, it means that that patient in question can be treated as quickly as possible in that location. Remember; it could be your relative who is waiting to be treated.