The right general practitioner can make a huge difference to your health and well-being - and may possibly save your life! As well as diagnosing illness, a good general practitioner can draw your attention to problems you never knew mattered, decide if you need certain tests, refer you to the right specialists, monitor your progress, offer reassurance or advice, and keep you out of the hospital or limit the care you need there.
If you have a chronic or serious illness, your relationship with your general practitioner will be especially important. So, how do you choose?
Consider asking around. You may have friends who all swear by a particular general practitioner, or one they think you should stay away from.
Other health professionals like pharmacists or physical therapists might also have suggestions.
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Other early considerations include the practice's opening hours, whether it has arrangements in place for after-hours care, and if it's in a convenient location for you.
There's nothing like actually meeting a doctor in a consultation to get a feel for their personality and approach and see if it clicks with yours.
The first meeting with a new doctor should be the time for you to communicate your needs, expectations, and any chronic or ongoing illnesses you have.
Make it clear you want a doctor who will listen to you and take the time to discuss your health issues, and you should feel comfortable coming to them with whatever is on your mind, whether it's big, small or even embarrassing.
Don't settle on the first doctor you see if it doesn't feel like a good fit.
Another consideration is what sort of practice you want your doctor to be in.
Smaller, cottage-style practices with a team of doctors can provide a more familiar service, but may have shorter opening hours.
Larger medical centres usually have extended opening hours and may offer other services (like pathology or a pharmacy) under the same roof.
It really depends on your personal preference, and whether the area you're in gives you the choice between them.
One point that many experts agree on is that seeing the same doctor over time can have substantial benefits.
When patients see multiple medical practitioners without consistency, it's easy for test results, prescriptions and pathology to be duplicated and information to fall through the cracks.