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Asking the right questions – it’s always ok to ask

When you understand what’s going on with your health, you can make better decisions around your care and treatment. Knowing more about you can help doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals give you the best advice and care.

By the end of a health or care appointment we want to be able to answer these questions together with you:

  • What is my main problem?
  • What do I need to do?
  • Why is it important to do this?

To help you get the most out of your appointment, here are some important questions to ask:


1) What are the benefits of my treatment?

Your healthcare professional will be able to explain why they think a certain treatment would be the best option for you compared to other treatments available.


2) What are the risks of my treatment?

Your healthcare professional will be able to explain the risks or possible side effects of your treatment and reassure you about any concerns you may have.


3) Are there any alternative treatments I can try?

Your healthcare professional will be able to outline any alternative treatments that may be available to you.


4) What if I do nothing?

Your healthcare professional can explain what may happen if you choose not to go ahead with your planned treatment.

If you feel unsure about decisions your healthcare providers are taking and what it means for you, you must remember that it's OK to ask.