Getting what you need from a doctor’s appointment
If you are going to the doctor then it can be assumed that you have a specific reason to want to see the doctor and will be hoping to get some form of treatment or diagnosis out of it. However, a doctor is not able to read your mind and can, from time to time, make mistakes. For this reason it is helpful to know what you want and how to get it when you are going to a doctor. This way you can ensure that you leave having gained what you needed from the appointment and that you haven’t wasted your time.
Be Honest And Descriptive
You know your body better than the doctor does, so only you will be able to describe exactly what is happening with you. If you are getting headaches and never usually suffer from them, then your doctor needs to know this, as if you regularly had headaches this may change the diagnosis completely. Your doctor needs to know what is normal for your body and why the symptoms you are describing are not normal for you.
Bring notes with you of everything you need to discuss with the doctor and everything you are concerned about. In the short time of an appointment, you may forget to ask about or tell the doctor a few things and this can affect your diagnosis. Even if it doesn’t, you may then have to make a second appointment to let your doctor know the other points you wanted to make.
Be Specific But Don’t Talk At Length
A doctor’s appointment is only a short space of time. If you spend 50% of your time describing one symptom in detail then you will have wasted a huge portion of the time. Your doctor needs to know what you are suffering from, but not every single detail of this.
Don’t Forget The Timescale
Let your doctor know WHAT is happening, but don’t forget to also tell them WHEN it is happening. If you have a cough, but only in the mornings, this is just as important as your doctor knowing that you have a cough in the first place.
When To Call A Specialist Injury Lawyer In Manston
If you feel that you have done everything right on your side, but still haven’t received the right treatment or diagnosis from your doctor then you may want to think about finding an injury lawyer and claiming compensation. A doctor who is negligent can actually affect your health very negatively and can lead to an existing condition getting much worse. If you do have this problem then you can claim compensation against your doctor. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to speak a specialist injury lawyer in Manston. The team will pass you onto an injury lawyer who will work with you to get you the compensation you deserve. Your injury lawyer will also work on a 100% no win no fee basis so you have nothing to lose.
Date Published: 14th October 2013
Author: David Brown