How to make the most of a visit to the doctor

In the first of a series of health service guides, we look at how to use your time with your GP

A GP will expect to spend an average of 10-15 minutes with you, hoping the quicker, more straightforward visits will balance out the longer, more complicated cases over the course of a day and prevent congestion in the waiting room. Photograph: iStock

A GP will expect to spend an average of 10-15 minutes with you, hoping the quicker, more straightforward visits will balance out the longer, more complicated cases over the course of a day and prevent congestion in the waiting room. Photograph: iStock

Aspirations for a healthier body and mind will be behind many a New Year resolution, in the hope of increasing zest for life and reducing risk of illness.

January is Health Month in The Irish Times. Throughout the month, in print and online, we will be offering encouragement and inspiration to help us all improve our physical and mental health in 2020. See irishtimes.com/health
January is Health Month in The Irish Times. Throughout the month, in print and online, we will be offering encouragement and inspiration to help us all improve our physical and mental health in 2020. See irishtimes.com/health

For some, self-imposed lifestyle changes such as “dry” January, cultivating a porridge habit or taking the first steps towards running a marathon may be all it takes for improved wellbeing. Others, whether in search or prevention or cure, will need the help of health professionals.

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