In the UK, we seem to be fixated on this mindset of “if it’s doesn’t seem broken, why fix it?” Even when it comes to our bodies and our own health. It’s something that as medical practitioners, we try to educate our patients on the benefits of checking-in with a specialist for your wellness, to address health issues and discuss preventative methods.
Why medicals are so important
Do you often have nagging health questions that don’t rise to the level of needing its own appointment? An annual medical is a great time to ask your doctor anything that’s been on your mind.
Our team here at TWC find that when their patients come to visit them, they’d have burning questions for some time and lingering health issues they’re unsure of. Having time with a specialist means you can check-in on your overall health and develop a relationship with your GP to ensure these issues aren’t left untreated.
We recommend that our patients have a consultation at minimum once a year – even if you think there’s nothing wrong with you!
How to prepare for your medical
Our team of leading GP’s and specialists have made some suggestions of how to best prepare for your annual medical.
- Write down questions – by the time you get into the Clinic, it’s likely you’ll forget the questions you had intended to ask the practitioner. This way you can be sure that you leave your consultation with all of your questions asked.
- Make your other appointments beforehand – if you’re in need to blood tests, mammogram and other health screens, we recommend having these done before coming to see one of our practitioners. The main reason is so that you can discuss the results with you for review.
- Keep track of your medical history – having a note of your previous medicals and any other diagnoses, vaccinations, surgeries and any other health-related information you feel important to share is really helpful!
- Know your medications – it’s important for your doctor to know what medication you’re taking currently, whether it’s been prescribed, or you’ve purchased this over the counter. Bring with you a list of any medication, supplements, and vitamins with you to your appointment.
- Bring any additional health data – this could include: a food log, symptom tracker, chart of your blood pressure or anything else you use to keep track of your health.
What happens next?
Your doctor may give you guidance on healthy living as it relates to any issues you may be experiencing and you’ll receive a summary of your consultation after your appointment which will recap your discussion and typically include:
- Health goals and expectations
- Tips and guidance related to your health concerns
- Newly prescribed medications
- Necessary vaccinations, labs and referrals
- Suggestions of when to book your next appointment.
Your doctor will keep track of everything you discuss and update your record each time you visit us. This gives an overall picture of your health, not just for now, but into the future also. Our team are keen to ensure that even if patients are experiencing active health issues, that a consultation gives each individual the opportunity to determine and manage. the future of their health.
At The Whitehall Clinic, our Private GP Appointments start from £85 and a Cardiology Consultation can be arranged with our Consultant Cardiologist from £280.