In this article:
Before your appointment
Check you have:
- Good reception, if it’s a phone appointment
- Good wifi or 4G mobile internet, if it’s a video appointment
The clinician will call you to start the appointment. Please allow a few minutes for them to call. If you have a bad video connection, they’ll try to phone you instead.
Read more about how the appointment will start.
Where to take the call
Go somewhere quiet where you feel comfortable discussing your health. This could be at home or work, just as long as you won’t be disturbed.
Try to avoid:
- Being in public place
- Being on a bus or train
- Doing other things during the call
The clinician might ask you to move if there's a lot of background noise so may want to keep headphones handy.
They will end the call if they think it’s unsafe or inappropriate to continue, for example if you take the call while driving or you’re not fully dressed.
What to talk about
Make a note of the main points you want to discuss and any relevant details, for example:
- How long you’ve felt like this
- What makes you feel better or worse
- Any medication you take
Don’t worry about taking notes, your clinician will write up a summary that you can view after the appointment.