Medical appointments can be very important, but time is often limited, so it is useful to prepare beforehand. Our form, ‘Your appointment’ (pdf, 826KB) may help you to focus on what is most important to you. You can fill it in to show your doctor or nurse, or keep it to remind yourself of what you would like to happen at your next appointment.
Some questions you could ask yourself before the appointment include:
- How you do feel about your next appointment? What would you like to get from it?
- Are there key things you’d like to talk about? For example, about your medication, or what the next steps are for your treatment.
- How can your doctor or nurse help you to get the most out of your appointment? For example, they could repeat key information.
How are you generally?
Your epilepsy specialist or nurse may focus on your epilepsy treatment but you can also tell them about how you feel generally, and any specific problems you have, such as low mood or anxiety, which can include feeling hopeless, worthless or tearful for no specific reason, feeling panicky, irritable or aggressive, or thinking about harming yourself or about death.
Other things you can tell them about include problems with memory, tiredness, concentration, sleep or appetite. Such issues may be related to your epilepsy, or may be a separate issue that another doctor, such as your GP, could help with.
Use our form
Download our short form, ‘Your appointment’ (pdf 826KB).