Health is always a popular day for us at Zee Companion! A lot of the viewers want to find out how to solve, resolve and eradicate their health issues and it can be incredibly rewarding and also heartbreaking when you tell someone that their condition may never be curable.

Today’s show was formulated to ensure that each person’s medical questions could be answered. A common complaint from many people, regardless of their background is that they are not seen quickly enough by their GP and when they are finally with the GP the appointment ends in a flash!

According to the latest medical statistics in the UK the average time a patient gets with their GP is eight to 10 minutes. Every second counts – So here are top tips on getting the best from your doctor which were re-iterated by Dr Mehta our expert on the show today:

  • Get to the point: Your time with your GP will soon slip by if you get sidetracked. Make notes beforehand to make sure that you cover everything you want to discuss. Don’t go in to see your GP about one thing then ask about another. Some surgeries have a strict one appointment, one condition rule to keeps things moving and avoid holds-ups. If you have several problems, start with the most important one.
  • One at a time please! They’re called family doctors for a reason, GPs like to see the whole family, but still like to treat them one at a time. “You’re wrapping up,” but then you may ask ‘While I’m here, can you look at little Tina/Dina/Meena or can you speak to my husband?’ This can be really time consuming and also eats into the time for other patients.
  • Home visits: You’ll still see GPs popping from house-to-house to see patients – if you watch old black-and-white films. Home visits take up a lot of a GP’s time – travelling when they could be seeing patients at the surgery.
  • Seeking medical advice: These days there are plenty of ways to get NHS medical advice without having to wait to see your GP. If you or a relative are unwell, there’s NHS Direct, NHS 111 in parts of the country and NHS 24 in Scotland. Nurses can help assess symptoms and even call an ambulance if necessary. For minor health complaints the pharmacist is a good source of professional advice.
  • Prescription-wise: Don’t walk out of the surgery with your prescription with no idea what your medicine is for and what any side effects might be. Ask if you don’t understand: People are told an awful lot in the doctor’s surgery. If you don’t understand, you jolly well should ask.
  • Don’t be embarrassed: There’s no need to be embarrassed. “Most Doctors have seen everything before so there’s no way that any doctor is going to sit in judgement.

After speaking to Dr Mehta it was clear that we need to try and maximise the most out of the time we have with our GP as it can be very hard to squeeze all the information we need to in such a short time frame, so it’s imperative to be clear, concise and above all ready with all your facts and information when you visit your GP.