Making the most of every appointment
Before you attend each appointment consider the following things:
- Decide what you want to get out of your appointment. You may wish to fill in
- this form to take with you to be used as a reminder during the consultation.
- Think carefully about ways you can improve your own health. Consider the
- common things that can make our health worse e.g. smoking, drinking too much
- alcohol, over eating, not doing enough exercise. Your doctor would be happy to
- help you to set and achieve goals that may improve your overall health.
- Arrange a double appointment if you need to deal with more than one thing or
- have to discuss something that may require more time and consideration.
- Consider taking someone along with you to help prompt you about the things
- you want to talk about and to remember the outcomes from the consultation.
- Remember to cancel any appointments you can’t make
During your appointment:
- Tell your doctor of any new symptoms or changes in your current
- Pass the ‘Patient Agenda’ form to your doctor and at the end of the appointment
- check you have covered what you wanted to and have an agreed action plan.
- If you don’t understand what the doctor is saying to you, ask them to repeat it so
- that you are both clear.
- Don’t be worried about asking questions.
Long term conditions - agenda setting leaflet available to download here.