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It’s okay to ask!
Getting the most out of your health care appointments
Like many people, you may find it difficult to ask your doctor or nurse questions. This leaflet gives useful tips and questions you can ask during health care appointments, helping you to play an active part in your care and treatment.
Before your appointment
It may help if you prepare for your appointment. Here are some tips on what to do before you go.
- Make a list:
- write down details of your symptoms- when did they start, what makes them better or worse?
- write down your two or three most important questions.
- List or bring all the medicines and pills you take – including vitamins and supplements.
- Ask a friend or family member to come with you, if you like.
- Ask your hospital or surgery for an interpreter or communication support if needed.
Page last edited: 25 September 2013