Patients often need a referral when going to see a different doctor or a new allied health professional. Many don't understand why the referral is so important or why they need to physically see their GP when getting a new referral. They are more than just a piece of paper! Here are five things your GP wants you to know about your next referral.
Referrals are important communication devices
Seeing a new patient can be daunting for a doctor.
As people age, the tissues of the forehead lose their elasticity and suppleness. This gradual deterioration of the skin, in turn, causes the youthful contour of the face to decline. If you have noticed these cosmetic issues, you should consider having an eyebrow lift surgery. This procedure will eliminate the horizontal wrinkles from the forehead. Also, it will raise sagging brows which create a hooded appearance over the eyes. In general, a brow lift surgery will give your eyes an alert look while minimising wrinkles and frown lines in the upper face.
It's often recommended that adults visit a family doctor on a regular basis—annually or even more often, as your doctor recommends. However, you may want to consider visiting a medical centre between your standard checkups if you have a medical issue that isn't an emergency but which shouldn't wait until your next standard appointment. While your doctor is always the best person to tell you when it's time to visit a medical centre, note a few conditions which you might discuss with him or her, and which might warrant a visit to a physician as soon as possible.
If you're suffering from diabetes, high blood sugar may damage the nerves and blood vessels leading to your feet. Through a combination of poor circulation and reduced sensation, you could encounter injuries that you don't address, which then turn into ulcers or wounds that are difficult to heal. Diabetic foot occurs in 15% of people with diabetes, but there are ways to prevent it from happening and treat it as it arises.
If you have a delicate back and are suffering from back pain, it can be hard to get a good night's sleep. Unfortunately, not sleeping well can often result in you feeling worse, as pain is exacerbated by tiredness. Here are some tips to help you get a great night's sleep even with a back issue.
Choose the right pillow
The right pillow helps to cushion and support the neck. Often back problems can actually stem from the head and neck as the head is a heavy part of the body and poor neck position can create extra and uncomfortable forces on the neck.