The Examination

What to expect and what examination the doctor is likely to do?

What to wear

In the majority of cases the doctor will want to examine you. Depending on your problem, the doctor may need to ask you to undress. If you think this is likely, please wear suitable clothing that can be easily removed. Doctors always find it easier to do blood pressure checks in the summer!

If you bring a child or elderly person to see the doctor, please bear this in mind also.

Examining “intimate” or private areas of your body

If the doctor needs to do an “intimate” examination, He /she should offer you the choice of having a chaperone present (usually a nurse or health care assistant). If they do not, please feel free to ask for one as the doctor will not think any less of you. The doctors themselves may also ask for a chaperone to be present during the examination.

Urine samples

Sometimes it is useful to bring a sample of urine with you if you think the doctor may wish to test it. This is especially important if you have any “waterworks” problems. 

What happens next – making a “plan of action”