A physician’s appointment
Making an appointment
A nephrologist is a specialist and as such it could take some time to secure an appointment. In urgent cases you may need to visit the emergency room or call an ambulance to support you.
Some physicians now offer the option of making an appointment online, in addition to making a telephonic appointment by phone. By using the online appointment option, you can avoid a delay in waiting to speak to someone using the telephonic option.
Your appointments should be cancelled ahead of time if they cannot be kept. This would give other patients the chance of an earlier appointment.
Arrive at the practice before your scheduled time of appointment (about 10-15 minutes) to avoid a stressed start to the conversation with the physician and to be more balanced.
Personal patient diary
It may help to keep a patient diary together with a relative / friend. In this diary, you can write down appointments with the physician and take notes on the following questions, for example:
- When was the appointment?
- With which physician?
- What was it about?
- What were the physician's recommendations?
- What are my tasks (e.g., collection of prescribed medication at the pharmacy, making a new appointment, collecting a 24-hour urine sample, etc.)?
- When is the next appointment?
- Have I forgotten anything (to be clarified at the next appointment)?
Such a diary can help you and your relative/friend to keep track of everything. A fixed structure can help some people to feel more secure.
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