How to Prepare Your First Visit
When coming to your first appointment, the most important thing is to try and be relaxed. This is an opportunity for you to meet your doctor for the first time, so some anxieties are completely normal. Psychiatrist is like any other medical doctor but specialized in the field of mental health. This appointment is an opportunity for you to discuss your concerns or symptoms. This session would help you gain insight in to your condition and treatment.
The first appointment should last for about an hour to an hour and thirty minutes. You will be supported through this visit by our staff. You will be asked to complete paper work mainly registration form and a consent form as per our policy. If you would prefer to speak to Psychiatrist before you feel comfortable to sign the consent form please inform the client coordinator.
You will be requested to complete screening questionnaire which should not take more than 5 minutes , please feel free to discuss with client coordinator if you prefer to have further discussion with the Psychiatrist to complete the questionnaires.
Further, a nurse will escort you to nurses room where you will have your blood pressure and pulse rate and other parameters measured. It may sound bit clinical , however it always good to have an insight in to these values. Also it is a requirement to have base lines measurements as you may be prescribed medications as part of one of the outcomes of this consultation.
You will have an opportunity to relax in the waiting area very briefly before the doctor starts the consultation.
What to bring to your first appointment?
- We request that if the concerns are about your child or a teenager, then the parents come to the initial appointment so that we can get as much background information as possible, without adding any stress to the young person.
- If you are the adult or elderly person being treated, then feel free to bring your spouse, partner or friend with you, if you think this would be helpful to better understanding your concerns.
- Please bring any previous assessments, evaluations, medical reports, lab reports, medication scripts and so on, so that you can review these with your doctor and we have as much available information as possible.
- Be prepared that you may be asked quite a few relevant questions about your concerns so that we can formulate your case. It is very helpful to have an interactive conversation and discuss your concerns with the doctor.