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Making the most of a visit to the doctor after a stroke

After a stroke, it is likely that you will need to visit your doctor on a regular basis. You may need to see your regular doctor for a routine appointment as part of your ongoing care, or you have made an emergency appointment because you feel ill. Whatever the situation, preparing for your appointment will help you get the most from it. It is important that you feel able to talk honestly with your doctor and come away with the help or advice you need.

Tips to help you get the most out of your visit to the 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 your doctor said.
  • 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).