What to do before a doctor or healthcare professional visit

What to do before a doctor or healthcare professional visit

 

A person with diabetes should have their care monitored regularly by a healthcare professional. It is commonly asked: what to do before a doctor or healthcare professional visits? Quite a lot of people find it difficult to know what to do before an appointment. A few simple steps before an appointment will help to make sure all aspects of your care is covered. It is important to know that you know about your daily life, routines, and conditions. You also know how your condition affects you.

1. It is important to note what things need discussion. This could include:

  • What problems you have faced since the last appointment,
  • Any questions about recent news or research,
  • Any question about future plans, like pregnancy, holiday, etc. 

2. It is important to find out what you need to take for your appointment. This could include:

  • Blood glucose reading and glucose meter,
  • Urine sample to be tested,
  • Medication list including the dose of each medication

3. It is important to find out if any blood or urine tests are needed prior to the clinic appointment.

The main outcome for each clinic visit includes:

  1. Review if any complication has developed after the last visit
  2. Take steps to prevent future complications

Diabetes UK has developed 15 essential checklists which are needed to be completed at each visit. Click here  to read more.

 

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