With a long-term condition or one that needs treatment, you’ll meet an array of medical professionals. We give a guide to who does what, and how you can make the most of them.
Occupational therapists work with people of all ages and backgrounds who are affected by accident, physical and mental illness, disability or ageing, to help them do the activities that matter to them.
We all know anaesthetists provide general anaesthetic during surgery, but do you know how to recognise them or where will you meet them?
You'll meet a cardiac physiologist in the cardiology department of your local hospital carrying out all kind of cardiac tests. Don't miss the opportunity to ask them any questions you may have about your test and how it works.
If your hospital stay is planned, you may meet them before you go in, or on the ward after you’ve had your procedure. We explain how to make the most of them.
Dietitians give general healthy eating advice as well as supporting those with special dietary needs. Read why they play an important role.
GPs have just 10 minutes to see each patient, so prepare a list of questions or things you want to say beforehand.
Healthcare assistants may also be known as healthcare support workers or nursing auxiliaries. Read how they help to look after you.
The chaplain is there to provide a listening ear, emotional support and spiritual support to patients, relatives and friends, and hospital staff. Here is more about them.
They work at different levels from trainees to specialists to consultants. Read about the role of the hospital doctors and how to recognise them.
Learn how to make the most of the domestic staff when you go into hospital.
Hospital pharmacists work closely with medical and nursing staff ensuring medication stocks are available. They may also be qualified to prescribe medicines themselves and speak to patients about the best way to take them.
Meet the physiotherapists. They help and treat people with physical problems caused by illness, accident or ageing.
You'll meet them often in a pre-admissions unit, or in the outpatients department. This is an important opportunity to discuss your needs.
Radiologists play a key role helping the cardiologist to get the pictures he needs to carry out the procedure. Ask any questions you may have.
Speech and language therapists help people who have problems with language and communication, or eating or swallowing.
Volunteers play a key role in many areas of hospitals and aftercare. They can do a lot for your physical and emotional recovery.
Learn what a hospital ward clerk or receptionist does and how they can help you.
Learn what ward nurses can and can't do for you.
This is a brief guide to some of the other people you might meet in hospital or other healthcare environments.
When you see your doctor, cardiologist or other healthcare professional, it’s not always easy to know what to ask. Here’s our quick guide so you can be prepared for your appointment.