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Hello! My name is Harry. I must start by explaining that I am not a medical professional and none of the advice in this blog should be used to diagnose an illness. The information in this blog will help you to gain a good knowledge and understanding of many different medical conditions and procedures, but if you have any symptoms or pain, you should always book an appointment with your local GP or visit the local emergency department at your local hospital. I have learnt about various medical conditions from my uncle who is a GP. He would often explain the different cases he had seen and would let me read his medical textbooks. I hope you find my blog useful.

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Three Things To Know Before Visiting A Medical Centre

Medical centres are great places to visit a variety of medical experts, ranging from your regular general practitioner to specialists in fields ranging from cancer to physical therapy. Not many medical centres will have the same experts, so it is always good to look up which medical professionals are at your nearest medical centre. If this is your first time going to a medical centre, there are a few things you should know before you walk in those doors so that both you and the people treating you can work as efficiently as possible.

Timed Appointments

Because a lot of people go to medical centres, due to the wide variety of care available, all appointments are scheduled in certain 'blocks'. Often, these blocks are either 15 or 20 minutes. The only time these blocks will be extended is if there is a serious medical requirement that hasn't been fully dealt with or, perhaps, if there is no one scheduled in after you. Otherwise, it is good to be prompt and know that your time is not infinite, so make sure to get to what your most urgent requests are first. Then, if you have time, you might ask some more general questions. 

Strict Safety Requirements

Depending on your state or territory, there is a very good chance that the medical centre will be the most strict about health and safety in regards to COVID-19. Even if you haven't had a case in your area for months, it is likely that they will still ask you to wear a mask, follow social distancing and check in. That is because if there was to be a case in your area, they would likely go to the medical centre for treatment, so these precautions prevent you from getting it before the doctors actually know it is in the area.

Multiple Visits In One Day

Medical practitioners will often refer you to other specialists in the same medical centre if they have concerns about something such as a broken bone or a blood result. This means you may have to wait longer than you expected before that specialist is free to see you, so it is a good idea to allow a bit more time for your trip than just your allocated appointment. The last thing you want is to have to cancel other plans because your visit to the medical centre is running longer than expected. 

Contact a medical centre like Port Kennedy Medical Centre to learn more.