Make an appointment with the doctor

Doctors are often short of time and generally make appointment times of 10-15 minutes. People with Cerebral Palsy may need special arrangements, such as long appointments, help with communication or specialised equipment for the doctor’s appointment.

When you arrange the appointment with the office manager make sure you tell them what you need.

What do you need in the doctors surgery? If you need specific equipment ask the secretary if this is available.

Sometimes people with Cerebral Palsy need

  • Accessible waiting room
  • Private waiting area available
  • Accessible consulting room
  • Accessible toilet
  • Hoisting equipment
  • Wider examination bed.

When you make the appointment to see the doctor

  • Go at the least busy time, or the first appointment after the doctor has had a break
  • Ask for a long appointment
  • Ask if doctor would like to read your health care information before appointment
  • Send out health care information before the appointment
  • Take information about cerebral palsy.

What do you take to the appointment?

  • A communication aid if needed
  • If you have trouble with verbal communication , write down your request, or ask a carer to utilise your alternate communication device with the appropriate information and questions
  • A written health summary or history of health care health referral letters
  • Medications you use( prescription and non-prescription)
  • Reports and X-Rays
  • If you need a support person make sure they are someone who knows you, and understands your communication needs and style.

At the end of the appointment

  • Ask the doctor to write down information you need to know, and what you need to do
  • Be prepared that you might need to come back for another appointment
  • Make a follow-up appointment if you need it.

Did you know, you can go to the doctor

  • to have an annual general health check-up
  • When you feel sick, uncomfortable or very tired.

What does an annual check up include?

  • Review of your general physical and emotional wellbeing
  • Assessment of risk factors for other medical issues
  • Prescription drug follow-ups
  • Men/women health check
  • Information to maintain a healthy lifestyle
Some ways to get the most out of your check-up:

  • Mention any changes in the health of your family
  • Bring up concerns early in the visit, so there is time to address them
  • Tell your doctor if a medication is not working for you.

The Harvard Women’s Health Watch

The fact sheet contains general information only and does not take into account individual circumstances. It should not be relied on for medical advice. We encourage you to look at the information in this fact sheet carefully with your health professional to decide whether the information is right for you.

The fact sheet contains general information only and does not take into account individual circumstances. It should not be relied on for medical advice. We encourage you to look at the information in this fact sheet carefully with your health professional to decide whether the information is right for you.