What to expect from your doctor: a guide for patients

What to expect from your doctor: a guide for patients

Doctor explaining to a young boyPatients receive the best care when they work in partnership with doctors.

This guide explains how you can help to create a partnership with your doctor. Much of it is simply common sense, but following it should help you get the most out of your time with your doctor.

It is based on the standards the General Medical Council (GMC) sets for doctors in our core guidance Good medical practice.

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Note: This guide has been prepared for patients – it is not formal guidance for doctors. They must follow the standards and principles set out in Good medical practice and its supporting guidance.