Top Tips for getting the best out of your GP:
Book enough time. Let the receptionist know if you have several issues to discuss, need a full health check, or need an insurance medical. You will need longer than the standard 15 minute appointment.
Book one consultation for each family member. You can bring family members but extra family members need their own appointment so they can have adequate time with the Doctor. Please let the receptionist know at the time of booking, this will help us to manage waiting times.
Plan ahead. Writing down what you want to discuss can be a help to your Doctor, especially if you forget things – such as symptoms you are experiencing. If you need a repeat prescription you can phone reception to request your script (or order through the website) but you will need to do this at least one day before you run out of medicine. Your script will be ready after 2.00pm the following day. Same day prescriptions can be done, but there is an extra cost. Please check your medications and include all medications that you need, when you order your script.
Get your GP all the information. When you first enrol with us, we will organize the transfer of your notes from your previous GP. Copies of notes from visits to after hours Doctors would be advantageous to have also. Make sure you let us know of any change of contact details.
Relax. Speak to your Doctor as you would a friend. Being honest and open during your consultation, this will help both you and your Doctor – and your privacy will be respected.
Do you have allergies? We should have a record of your allergies, but it never hurts to remind us – just to be on the safe side.
Don’t be afraid to ask for a second opinion. It’s reasonable, and your Doctor may make a suggestion about who you can see. If you feel uncomfortable about this, one easy way to get around this, is to say something like; “My daughter/wife/husband thinks it’s a good idea to get another opinion.” Or, you could try another Doctor at our practice.