What should I tell my GP?

Before visiting your doctor, think about how your work may be affecting your health. When you meet your GP, tell them anything about your work that you think is relevant, such as:

  • the nature of your job;
  • the tasks you do;
  • how long you have worked there;
  • previous jobs;
  • any sudden or significant incidents at work;
  • any repetitive work you do, such as typing, lifting, and twisting;
  • any chemicals, sprays, dyes, cleaning materials, etc. that you use, either sometimes or regularly; and
  • the stresses at work, such as long hours, high pressure, bullying and harassment.

Any of this information could be relevant to your ill health.

It helps to make a list of the points you want to tell your GP before your appointment.

Many conditions can be linked to work. For example, in 2012, because at least 1 in every 6 cases of asthma in people of working age were found to be aggravated by work-related factors, the Royal College of Physicians issued new guidance to GPs telling them to ask asthma sufferers about their work and the materials they work with.

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