Ricky White has hit on a subject that practically affects all of us at some time or other. Have you ever attended any type of healthcare appointment (GP, Consultant, Physiotherapist, nurse etc.) and felt so nervous that you forget to mention what you really want to talk about or even worse you end up saying that you are okay and fine when you’re not and walk out feeling like the appointment was a waste of time? Yes…I hear you thinking…well this book is for you.

It’s a nifty ‘handbook’ split into sections relating to your healthcare visit in order, so preparation, pre-visit, appointment itself and afterwards. It’s very easy to read and if you’re like me and have a long term medical condition and frequently attend healthcare appointments you will be thinking yes that sounds just like me as you read it!

Very importantly it’s not patronising, the author Ricky White has a painful long term medical condition (Ankylosing Spondylitis) and has also worked as a nurse in the NHS in the UK, so very unusually he can see both sides and this gives him a unique perspective.

‘Taking Charge’ also has a wealth of useful resources in it, the author has put together web links to useful forms and checklists that you can use yourself to prepare yourself and get the best out of your time with your GP or Consultant. 

Overall a magnificent and incredibly useful handbook which I know I will be going back to time and time again. I found the anecdotes, the preparation tips and do’s and don’ts while in your appointment profoundly inspiring, it’s made me realise I have very rarely used my small amount of valuable time with medical professionals wisely. After all it’s about our health and our care – should we not prepare and go into the appointment planned and ready to discuss what really matters, instead of feeling scared, nervous and never actually getting to the point?

Highly recommended read for now and for the future. 

I read the kindle ebook version which is available to download from Amazon

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Format: Kindle Edition

File Size: 403 KB

Print Length: 104 pages

Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited

Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.

Language: English


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Word Wise: Enabled

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