Preparing for your clinical assessment

Having a clinical assessment can be daunting for some people. This page has been produced to help give individuals some peace of mind as they will be able to have an idea of what is involved during each assessment and what individuals have to do to prepare for the assessment(s).

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Practical preparation for your assessment

Most of the clinical assessments require some sort of preparation such as dress code, not straining your eyes beforehand, not wearing make-up, etc. It is important that you ask your GP, audiologist or doctor what you have to do in order to prepare for your assessment. Bringing someone with you to your clinical assessment can ensure that you get home safe.

Mental preparation for your assessment

Being mentally ready for your clinical assessments can change your experience from a negative one to a more positive one. Preparing beforehand can help ensure that you will get the most out of your assessments and gives you an opportunity to think of any questions that you may want to ask during your appointment.

The NHS have put together a leaflet on 'Questions to ask' as well as 'Top Tips' for before, during and after the appointment [NHS, 2012c]. They are as follows:

Preparing for your appointment

  • Gather knowledge of your family history; any health conditions, particularly genetic conditions, which family members may have or have had.
  • Write down your most important questions.
  • Write down details of your symptoms and any change observed (if the individual has not yet been clinically diagnosed with a genetic condition).
  • Ask the hospital for an interpreter or any other form of communication support if you will need it during your appointment.
  • If you would like company during your appointment, ask a family member of friend to come with you.

Tips during your appointment

  • Always ask for further information if you are unclear about anything.
  • If there are any terms or words that you do not understand, ask the genetic counsellor to write it down and explain what it means.
  • Take notes for yourself or ask the family member or friend to take notes for you.
  • Go through your list of important questions that you may have made before your appointment, to make sure all your questions have been answered.
  • Go through what you have understood from your appointment to make sure you have not missed anything or misunderstood anything.
  • Make sure you ask what should happen next, when and how; write all these details down.
  • Ask who to contact if you have any more questions or problems as well as who to contact if you have not been given appointment dates for further tests (if applicable); write all these details down.
  • Ask for contact details of support groups as well as where to find further reliable information; write all these details down.

Tips after your appointment

  • Go over the notes you made during your appointment and add any additional notes you remember. Store these notes somewhere safe so you can refer to them when you need to.
  • Book any dates for further tests in your diary so you do not forget; if dates have not been given to you yet make sure you follow this up until you are given a date.


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Created: July 2014
Review due: May 2016

First published: Tuesday 22 July 2014
Updated: Tuesday 22 December 2015