Our GPs are all passionate about collaborative care.
This means that our diagnoses are made on the history of your symptoms, and the story you give us. While we will ask questions to prompt your story, it’s what you decide to share that will give your GP the most information in order to get to the bottom of your health concerns. Making the most of your GP is about developing a partnership where you are an active participant in your well-being.
How can you do this? The best thing to do is to think about how long your health issues have been going on for, anything that you think may have brought it on, things that make it worse (or better), and what you’ve tried so far. Make sure you bring it up first thing in your appointment, so that your GP has plenty of time in the consultation to discuss the issue and give advice.
- To assist you in raising issues with your GP, we have created a reminder list that you can bring to your appointment. Show your doctor this list and then together you can decide which concerns are the most important, and leave the others for another appointment if necessary. Print off My GP Appointment Today.
- Be an informed decision-maker. If you are given a diagnosis, find out as much as you can about it from a trusted source. This doesn’t necessarily mean googling your condition – unfortunately there is a lot of misinformation out there. Ask your doctor for more information or if they can recommend where you can go on the web or what books you could read on the subject. Additionally, you can have a look at our links page where there are sites on a variety of issues that we think are useful and trustworthy. The more you know, the better placed you will be to make decisions on your treatment.
- Think about and write down any questions you might have. It’s important that all your questions are answered if possible – its very easy to forget things, especially when your doctor is asking you questions that might distract you. If you are concerned about remembering everything your GP says, bring someone with you, or ask the doctor to write it down.
- If you are visiting our practice for the first time, make sure you bring with you any relevant x-rays, blood test results, specialist letters, or copies of your medical records that you may have. If you don’t have these, try and remember when and where you had these done so we can track down copies for you. Bring a list of your medications, including complementary medicines you may be taking or have tried.