The BMA's Doctor Patient Partnership offers the following advice to help you use your time with your clinician effectively
Make a list of any questions/problems you wish to discuss before hand
Bring a pen & paper as you may want to note down important points.
Be prepared to tell your doctor of any non-prescription medicines or supplements you are taking.
You can bring someone with you for support.
During The Appointment
Don't be afraid to ask questions.
If you don't understand, ask your doctor to repeat it or write it down.
If you are prescribed a drug, make sure you know why it has been given to you, how long to take it for etc. Remember pharmacists are experts in medication and a very useful source of advice.
Be direct. If you have a problem that you find embarrassing or difficult to talk about, don't leave it to the end of the appointment before mentioning it. Remember your problem is likely to a common one for your GP, who is there to help you.
Be on Time
Please be on time for your appointment. Please inform the surgery as soon as possible, if you wish to cancel your appointment.
Please make a separate appointment for each member of the family.
Under 14 Year Olds
Accompany under 14 year olds. If however, a young person strongly wishes to be treated without his/her parent's involvement, his/her confidentiality will be respected.