Preparing for medical appointments can help you to get the most out of your time with your GP or consultant. Take some time to think about what you want from the appointment and make a note of any questions you want to ask.

It can be hard to take in everything you're told and remember it. You might want to ask a friend or relative to accompany you and take notes. You also have the right to record appointments – use something like a smartphone or Dictaphone. It's best to let your GP or consultant know you'll be doing this.

If you know you have something complex to discuss or want to ask about more than one thing, try to book a double appointment slot or an appointment at the end of the day when the GP may be less rushed. You might also be able to arrange a follow-up telephone consultation rather than going to the surgery again.

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