Creating a partnership
The duties of a doctor include to work in partnership with patients:
- Listen to, and respond to, their concerns and preferences.
- Give patients the information they want or need in a way they can understand.
- Respect patients' right to reach decisions with you about their treatment and care.
- Support patients in caring for themselves to improve and maintain their health.
To get the most from your appointment it's important you create a good partnership with your doctor or healthcare professional. It's Your Practice: A patient guide to GP services has been compiled by The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).
The guide provides helpful information on all aspects of using GP services including how to get the most out of a GP consultation and understanding your rights and responsibilities.
If you need a medicine we want to work with you to ensure you get the greatest benefit from your treatment. The booklet Medicines in Scotland: What's the right treatment for me?, published by Healthcare Improvement Scotland, aims to help you understand more about your treatment options and how you can work with your doctor (or other healthcare professional) to ensure you gain the greatest benefit from your treatment.
The video below is an animated summary of the booklet:
If you have any queries about your medicine, please ask your doctor or healthcare professional at the practice, or your community pharmacist.
Health Advice: NHS Inform
NHS Inform is Scotland's national health information service.
It aims to provide people in Scotland with accurate and relevant information to help them make informed decisions about their own health and the health of the people they care for.
If you have questions about your health, visit www.nhsinform.scot or call 0800 22 44 88.
They can provide general health information, including advice on tests, treatments, illnesses, injuries, healthy living, support and health rights.