What’s the best way to get better results out of your doctor’s visit? At iCARE Clinics, we believe that if you are an active participant in the visit, you can really help yourself.
What’s the best way to get better results out of your doctor’s visit? At iCARE Clinics, we believe that if you are an active participant in the visit, you can really help yourself. Generally speaking, patients who communicate openly with their doctors get better medical results.
Before you come in:
Bring a full and clear list of all the medication you are currently taking – to your appointment. This includes:
• Prescription medicines.
• Non-prescription medicines, such as aspirin or antacids.
• Dietary or herbal supplements.
Make a clear list of any questions you have. Make sure you are able to note down when you had problems, dates, how often etc.
Know your current medical conditions, past surgeries, and illnesses.
At the clinic, with the iCARE doctor:
Explain your symptoms, health history, and any problems with medicines you have taken in the past.
If you cannot understand what the doctor is saying, stop and ask questions. If you have not understood the instructions, tell your doctor.
If your doctor recommends a treatment, you can ask about options.
If you need a test, ask:
How the test is done.
Are there any side effects.
How it will feel, and will there be any pain or discomfort issues
What you need to do to get ready for it.
How you will get the results.
When will you get it?
If you need a prescription, tell your doctor if you are pregnant, are nursing, have reactions to medicines, or take vitamins or herbal supplements.
Find out what to do next. Ask for:
Web sites that have more information.
After Your Appointment
Always follow your doctor's instructions.
If you do not understand your instructions after you get home, call your doctor or the iCARE Clinic and ask for a call back.
Before you discontinue taking any medicines that your doctor prescribed you should discuss it with your doctor.
Call your doctor if your symptoms get worse or if you have problems following the instructions.
Call the iCARE Clinic and have the doctor make appointments to have tests done or see a specialist if you need to.
Call iCARE to find out test results or arrange for a follow-up visit. Ask what you should do about the results.
At iCARE Clinics we believe that you are at the centre of what we do and strive for. Today’s lifestyle is a challenge for the healthcare community. With busy schedules, improper diet, and stress all around, it’s important to focus on our health. iCARE believes it is important to provide our community with easy and affordable access to world-class healthcare, within a friendly, yes-can-do caring environment. We want to help you get the best out of your visit with us.
Come and visit our family doctors if you like the idea of a consultation where you are treated as an individual. At iCARE we believe patient education is critical in creating sustainable healthy living habits. Expect to be listened to closely whilst you explain your specific problem, and to be kept informed every step of the way as your doctor narrows down the diagnostic possibilities and discusses treatment options with you. This is key at our clinics. As part of the process, our in-house laboratory and Xray facilities ensure convenience and speed when it comes to diagnosing your medical problem.