GPs - What to expect from your doctor - What next?
What happens next?
You can arrange a follow-up appointment with your GP. You might want a follow-up appointment if:
- you have any problems with your treatment,
- you are not getting better, or
- your symptoms get worse.
You can ask to arrange the next appointment while you are with the GP.
If you have been given medication your GP might offer check ups to see how it is working and how you are feeling. You might be able to go to a Medicines Use Review (MUR) with your pharmacist if you are on medication for a long time. An MUR is an appointment with a pharmacist to check how you are getting on with your medicine.
Your GP may refer you to a specialist mental health team to get more experienced help. They might do this if your GP:
- has tried all options,
- thinks your problems are too complex for them to deal with, or
- feels you are at risk of suicide or self-harm.
Your GP will take over your mental health care if you are discharged from a specialist mental health team or the Care Programme Approach.
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Your GP will look after your physical health needs if you are referred to mental health services.
Your GP should do a physical health check for you every year if you have a severe mental illness. Severe mental illness includes schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder and psychosis. People with these conditions are at higher risk of certain physical health conditions.
GP surgeries usually hold a list of all patients at the practice who have severe mental illness or take antipsychotic medication. This reminds the GP or nurse to contact you when a check is due. A health check may include taking your blood pressure, taking your pulse, doing a urine or blood test or weighing you.
You can find out more about physical health in our ‘Good health guide’ here.
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