Telford patient group draw up guide to making the most from your appointments

HEALTH bosses across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin have issued a 'plea to patients' urging them to think about how they can get the most out of their GP or hospital appointments.

The project, Spearheaded by the area's two clinical commissioning groups alongside patient representatives including Telford Health Roundtable and Shropshire Patient Participation Groups, developed a guide which recommends things to do and questions to ask before, during and after, to help residents make the most of their appointments.

Chief Officer at Telford CCG, David Evans, said: "This is about empowering patients, giving them the tools they need to make decisions about their own care.

"We hear far too often that people want to feel they have some control over their care, that they don't want to feel things are being done 'to them' but that choices are being made 'with them'.

"So we worked with patients across the county to try to draw up a guide of the sort of questions you can ask if you don't quite understand what you're being told, or about any treatment or tests that are being arranged for you.

"We're making them widely available and hope that patients will consider looking them over before their appointment and work out the sort of things they can do or ask before, during and after their appointment to make sure they have all the information they need to be absolutely in control of their own care."

The leaflets are available at GP surgeries, outpatient departments and online at http://www.telfordccg.nhs.uk.