Six simple ways to get the most out of your doctor's appointment

Must See 01/03/2019

That precious 15 minutes tends to pass in the blink of an eye, and you're often left uncertain, or with questions you didn't get an opportunity to ask. 

We want you to get the most out of your visit to the doc because it's your health at stake after all - so here are our six tips to make the most of your appointment:

1. Tell the truth
We're sure we've all been guilty of telling little 'white lies' to our GP, like when they ask how many units of alcohol you drink in a week... You might be tempted to not tell the whole truth as to not 'look bad', but does it really seem clever to lie to the person who could potentially save your life? Your doctor isn't there to judge you, they're there to help you - so BE HONEST.

Don't shy away from 'embarrassing' issues either, like mental health or low libido. Your GP has heard it all, and they can help.

2. Be upfront with your worries
Often we'll have built up a few different issues that we want to chat about during one appointment to save money and time. So if you have more than one thing you'd like to discuss, let your doc know at the start of the appointment so they know how to allocate their time. 

This will make sure each of your concerns are given enough time to be discussed and hopefully helped. 

3. Write down any symptoms before your visit
Give your GP as much to go on as possible so they're in a better position to help you. Write down your symtoms prior to your visit, and be as specific as possible - what kind of pain, how often you're experiencing symptoms, what triggers them etc. 

The more info you can provide, the better your GP will be able to pinpoint the likely cause.

4. List your questions before you go
It's pretty easy to forget something crucial you wanted to ask when you're thrown off by your GPs questions. Writing down any questions before your appointment is a good way to ensure you leave satisfied and informed. 

5. Ask for clarification
When it comes to your health, there are no silly questions. Don't be afraid to clarify anything - your GP will be more than willing to help. 

6. Bring support
If you're there for a particularly difficult issue, or are likely to be given lots of information, it helps to have someone else there to provide you with support as well as a second set of ears.