If you have an appointment to see a doctor, nurse or other health professional, you might be worried or have questions about what your treatment plan is going to be.  

We know that when patients understand and are involved about what's going on with their health, they can make better decisions around their care and treatment. We want you to know that it’s ok to ask questions - and knowing the right questions to ask can make all the difference.

To help our patients get the most out of their appointments, here are 4 key questions it’s worth remembering 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.

Our healthcare staff are more than happy to answer these and any other questions you may have.

Feel better informed and prepared for your next appointment, and remember, it’s OK to ask.

Download our It's OK to ask patient information leaflet, which outlines questions you may want to ask at your next appointment. The leaflet includes a blank space on the back so you can take your own notes.