1. Decide what you want to say before you go in.
2. Let the doctor know early on about any worries or thoughts you may have.
3. Jot down key problems or symptoms and take the list in with you.
4. Have an up-to-date list of all medication you're taking.
5. Think about what you wear to the appointment.
6. If you think it would help you, bring someone you trust to the appointment for support.
7. If something isn't clear by the end of the appointment, ask.
Dr Graham Easton's book The Appointment: What Your Doctor Really Thinks During Your Ten-Minute Consultation is published by Robinson and is out now.
Dr Graham Easton is a practising GP, Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and a Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow at Imperial College Medical School where he trains medical students and junior doctors in general practice. Profile photo by Melanie Moss Photography.
Contact Dr Graham Easton at email@example.com.
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