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Choosing a Doctor

Choosing a Doctor

It’s common to choose a GP your family and friends recommend. You can use the Doctor Search tool on this site to find doctors in your local area. Here are some things to consider.

Where, when and how

You might find it more convenient to see a GP closer to your work rather than home.

If its important for you to be able to see the doctor out of normal working hours, ask the receptionist if this service is available. 

Ask how you will be billed when you make an appointment. You may be able to get a discount if you pay up-front; it may cost more to have an appointment on a Sunday; or the practice may bulk-bill.

If English is not your first language and you would feel more comfortable with a doctor who speaks your language, use Doctor Search for a doctor to suit your needs.

The first appointment

If your health concerns might take longer with the doctor than the average appointment time, ask for a longer appointment when you book. That helps reduce waiting time for other patients.

It is important that you do not leave the consultation with unanswered questions. It’s worth bringing a pen and paper to note down important points you want to cover and the answers. You can ask your doctor to write the main points you need to remember.

Ongoing partnership

You must be able to feel comfortable about speaking freely and openly with your doctor. Things you tell your doctor are confidential.

Once you have found a GP you feel comfortable with, it is important you both maintain a good patient-doctor partnership to ensure your health needs are met.