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Making the most of your visit to the Doctor

If you are living with a long-term chest condition it is likely that you will have to visit your doctor on a fairly regular basis. Whether you are seeing your regular doctor for a routine appointment or you have made an emergency appointment because you suddenly feel unwell, preparing for your appointment will help you get the most from it.

It is important that you feel able to communicate with your doctor and come away with the help or advice you need.

Below are some useful tips to help you get the most out of  visit to your doctor:

  • Make a list before you go to make sure you cover everything you want to discuss
  • Make a note of how long you have had your symptoms, when they started and how they affect you, including what makes them worse or better
  • Take a relative or friend with you if you are worried or you think you might not be able to remember what you discuss with your doctor
  • Be honest and don't be afraid to ask for more information
For more information see the CHSS factsheet How to make the most of a visit to your doctor (PDF).