P - Prepare for your visit

  • Write down your main concerns or questioins
  • Make a list of all your medicines and suppliments or bring them with you
  • Think about bringing a support person
  • Ask for a translator if needed

L - Let your health professional know

  • If you don't understand
  • If there is anything else you can tell them about your health condition
  • If you are having problems with your medication

A - Ask Questions

  • What is my condition?
  • What happens next?
  • Why is that important?

N - Note Down

  • What you need to do next
  • Any decisions you have made together
  • Things that are important for you to remember
  • How your family/whanau can support you

On your visit

Doctors are people too

Feel comfortable with your doctor

Remember you have been allocated a certain time for your appointment. (15 mins unless you ask for an extended appointmnet)

Do prioritise your health issues

Do be clear about your symptoms
  • What has changed
  • When do the symptoms occur
  • Is there pain
  • How much pain
  • When did it start
  • How often does it happen
Do listen carefully and ask questions

Questions your doctor may ask

  • My previous medical history
  • My previous surgical history
  • My medications
  • My family history
  • My allergies
  • My smoking status
  • My obsteric history
  • My screening gistory
  • Cervical smears
  • Breast screening
  • My immunisation status
  • How much alcohol I consume
  • Any new skin lesions
  • My occupational history

Medicine related questions

  • What is the name of my medicine and what is it for?
  • Can I explain what it says on the medicine label
  • How and when do I take it
  • How long do I need to take it for?
  • What could happen if I stop taking it?
  • What should I do if I forget to take it?
  • What are the side effects? What should I do if you get these?
  • What do I need to avoid while I am taking the medication?
  • What if the medication is too expensive for my budget?
  • What do I do if my medication looks different from what I normally get?
  • When should I call my doctor?