Your doctor and other medical professionals

It's not always easy dealing with different doctors, specialists and professionals so a little guidance is provided below to help.

How do I keep a good relationship with my doctor?

Your GP is responsible for the day to day issues, making sure you have the medical and social care you need. Usually, that means you build up a good relationship. Being open and honest is vital as your GP needs to know about any change in symptoms and lifestyle.

It helps to make a list before your appointment, so that all your issues can be addressed in the short session time your GP has with you. Write down everything you think your GP should know, everything you want to ask and what support you need.

What should I discuss with my consultant?

You may have a great many questions about your illness, so before you see your consultant, it's a good idea to make a list. Write down everything you think your consultant should know about you, as well as any questions you want to ask. That way, both you, and your consultant will get the most out of your appointments.

Should I tell my dentist?

In the UK, all dentists have to follow strict regulations which reduce the risk of spreading viruses like Hepatitis C.

If you are visiting a new dentist, you may be asked if you have ever been at risk of catching a blood borne virus. It is up to you whether to tell your dentist that you have Hepatitis C.

Discrimination

Health professionals are not allowed to discriminate against you because you have a blood borne virus. If you suspect you are being treated differently because of your Hepatitis C status you can and should  complain to the NHS, or Patient Opinion who can investigate this for you.

See also

Hepatitis C Trust: Consultant checklist

Hepatitis C Trust: Dealing with doctors visits

Hepatitis C Scotland

http://www.hepcscotland.co.uk

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