Why we are doing Group Consultations
People in our practice tell us they want to spend more time with the clinician. In the group consultation you receive the personal attention of your practice team in a calm, relaxed, well organised group setting. Imagine you get not just an unhurried appointment, but in fact a whole 60-90 minutes with your healthcare team, with 45 minutes of this spent with the Doctor.
This means you have an opportunity to learn about how best to manage your condition, how to stay well, how to prevent illness or slow its progression. You will also help other patients in the group to learn from your experience, in turn, you will learn from the experience of your fellow patients, and everyone has a chance to gain the support of others who are dealing with similar issues.
Summary of things that can be covered in a Group Consultation
- 60-90 minutes with your practice team (half of that with the doctor or nurse)
- Answers to your medical questions
- Discussion of test results and arrangements for tests/procedures
- Discussion of treatment options in depth
- Prescription changes or renewals/discussion of medication side effects
- Receive preventative tests, examinations and vaccines
- Friendly discussion with others, sharing experiences and tips on how to manage your condition.
What you can expect
You must complete a confidentiality form which we would ask you to sign and bring along with you. By doing so you promise not to tell others outside the group anything that fellow patients share, and you agree to discuss your medical issues/results in front of others. You can let us know in advance if there are any particular issues we are not to discuss in front of other patients. You will also be offered an opportunity to discuss personal and sensitive matters privately, away from the group, if you need to do so.
At your appointment you will have an opportunity to identify the issues you would like to discuss with the clinician. You and the other patients will be in the capable hands of our group consultation facilitator who will help you to identify your medical issues and create an informal, friendly atmosphere ready for the clinician to take over for a productive session.