Linking with health professionals when necessary
There may be a situation when you realise that a peer is experiencing multiple problems, including taking their medication correctly, consistently veering towards negative thoughts, or not wanting to engage with you. Although we anticipate that this will not be common, please contact xxx if you feel out of your depth or are not sure what to do to help the peer.
Get the most from your doctor / practice nurse visit
Regular doctor visits are an important part of looking after your health.
These simple tips might help you get the most from appointments with your doctor / practice nurse.
- Bring a list of questions or concerns
- Bring your repeat medications prescription
- Make sure you have a blood test taken at least 2 weeks before your appointment
- Keep a list of dates and results for blood pressure, HbA1c (long term blood glucose control), cholesterol
- Know what “good numbers” are for your results (given at the education session)
During your visit:
- Listen to your doctor’s / practice nurse’s questions and answer them accurately and honestly
- Make sure your questions or concerns are answered before you leave the room
- Don’t be afraid to speak your mind or ask questions
- Make sure that the doctor / practice nurse:
- Checks your feet at least once a year
- Checks your injection sites if you use insulin
- Looks at your list of medications
- Checks your eye photos
- Checks your blood pressure
- Checks your blood glucose diary if you measure your blood glucose levels
- Discusses your lab results
- Checks your urine for protein every year
Make sure you arrange another appointment before you leave
Things to ask your doctor / practice nurse :
- You can ask for a copy of your blood tests and the result for your blood pressure, weight etc.
- Ask what your most recent HbA1c is, and whether it is in target range
- How much physical activity is good for you / is what I am eating okay?
- How to stop smoking
- Is there anything else you can do to help you achieve the best results possible?
- How often should you have your eyes, kidneys, feet checked