…..Before visiting your doctor you might have many question running through your head “I must ask this and I must ask that” But when you sit in front of the doctor, for some reason all these questions seem to disappear from your memory. Sometimes it is also difficult remember what your doctor said to you, and the information may be hard to understand. Your doctor is busy, there are other patients to see, but you are the important one in the consultation is a two way process, you have the questions, the doctor has the answers.

Questions you may wish to ask your doctor

  • What is my condition called?
  • How did I get it?
  • What is the likely course of my condition?
  • Is it curable?
  • Can it be adequately treated and controlled?
  • What is the likely cost of treatment including medication? (your doctor may not be able to answer this question but one of the clinic nurses can obtain this information for you)
  • How will the condition affect/restrict my lifestyle?
  • What can be done to minimize these effects?
  • Can I remain sexually active? If not when can I resume sexual activity? Are there any consequences for my partner?
  • When will be able to return to work?
  • What can I do if the pain remains?
  • Will I need any vaccinations?
  • In case of any problem, who can I contact?
  • Do I need more investigations?

Remember : If you have any doubts don’t hesitate to ask more questions

….In all case, you have to inform the doctor about your allergies, your usual treatment, and for women, if you are pregnant or lactating. Don’t hesitate to repeat this information to the nurses and pharmacists.

Question to ask about your medication

….Your doctor may prescribe medications in which case you may wish to ask the following questions :

Remember : always inform the doctor of any allergies before each prescription and double check with the pharmacist before accepting your medication.

  • Why do I need the medication?
  • What is the medication for?
  •  What is the name of the drug?
  • How and when should I take it and for how long?
  • Does the medication have any side effects? Can these be avoided?
  • Are there any foods or drink that I should avoid while taking the medication?
  • Can  this medication be taken safely with other medications that I am taking?
  • Will the medication make me drowsy?
  • Will be able to drive?
  • Will be able to continue working safety?
  • What is the cost of the medication? (your doctor may be able to answer this question but one of the clinic nurses can obtain this information for you)

Some people may wish to buy their medications from an outside pharmacy, and that is their right. But bear in mind, all hospitals buy their drugs from reputable suppliers, a local or street side pharmacy mat not have the same stringent purchasing and quality control checks in place. The dangers of taking sub-standard or out-of-date medication are great, among other things the treatment may be ineffective and drug purity cannot be guaranteed.

Antibiotics

….Antibiotics are drugs that are used to cure infections; they are useful only against a certain group of micro-organisms.

Your doctor is trained to recognise when you need antibiotics. The inappropriate prescribing and use of antibiotics is dangerous because micro-organisms will become resistant to the anti-biotic and antibiotic will loose its ability to cure.

Your health is in your hands; it is your responsibility, so it is sensible to ask some question when your doctor prescribes antibiotics for you.

It is important to know that the dose and frequency of antibiotics you are taking is to ensure a constant leveling your system. Or you miss a does then the level will drop, allowing the microorganisms to multiply and perhaps begin to develop resistance to the medication. If you miss a dose take it as soon as you remember, and do not double-up on the next does. Often symptoms disappear while you are still taking the anti-biotic, do not stop taking the medication. You still need to complete the course of treatment.

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Questions to ask before surgery or investigation

….If your doctor recommends surgery or an investigation, it is their duty to take time to explain the surgery or the procedure. Don’t hesitate to ask more questions if you are unsure. On the day of surgery ask again to be sure they will do the same procedure that the surgeon explained to you.

The nurse will give you a consent from to sigh. This form will be the hospital’s proof that you have received all the information necessary before surgery. So don’t hesitate to ask as many questions as you fell necessary.

Remember : to inform the doctor about any allergies and check everything before signing the consent form.

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There are some questions you may consider relevant :

  • Could you explain the procedure of the surgery to me?
  • Can I drink or eat before and after the surgery?
  • Pain – will this be normal after the surgery? If yes, can I receive painkillers whenever I need?
  • When will I receive the results of the investigation?
  • Do I need follow-up appointment?
  • When can I go back home and/or back to work?

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To prevent infection with your healthcare providers

  • Ask your healthcare providers to clean their hands before giving you any treatment.
  • Ask your doctors for available vaccinations to prevent spreading diseases.
  • Check with your doctor about any vaccinations you may need.
  •   Remember : Don’t hesitate to ask more question if you have any doubt. You can also have an interpreter or translator to help you.
For further information

Please contact BNH Hospital, Customer Service or the Community Relation s Centre,

Tel. 02-686-2700  or  Email to info@www.bnhhospital.com