- You can safely go to your doctor’s appointment.
- Some things will be done differently.
- You will be asked questions beforehand about symptoms that could be caused by coronavirus.
- Keep a safe distance from others.
- Wash your hands before and after your appointment.
Your appointment with the GP or at the hospital
You have an appointment with your GP or with a doctor or nurse at the hospital. Perhaps a phone or video consultation isn’t possible. Or you need to be examined. Or you need to discuss something important.
In that case, you can safely go to your GP or to the hospital. Your doctor will try to prevent either of you from becoming infected with coronavirus.
This is why the appointment will be different than you might be used to.
What happens before my appointment?
You have an appointment with your GP or with a doctor or nurse at the hospital. You will be asked questions by phone or email before the appointment. You may be asked the following questions:
- Do you have a fever?
- Are you short of breath?
- Do you have muscle aches?
- Do you feel ill?
- Do you have a cough or a sore throat?
- Are you sniffly or sneezing? Or do you have a runny or blocked nose?
- Have you suddenly lost your sense of taste or smell?
- Are you extremely tired?
- Do you have pain behind your eyes?
- Do you have diarrhoea now?
- Do you have relatives or housemates with coronavirus?
Do you have coronavirus, or do you think you might have coronavirus? Or does someone in your household have it? If it’s really necessary, the appointment can go ahead. But there will be different arrangements and rules. This will be explained to you beforehand.
What happens during my appointment?
The chance that you have coronavirus is small. You were asked about this, and you do not have any symptoms that could be caused by coronavirus.
Your doctor or nurse will not shake hands with you. He or she may wear glasses, a mask or gloves. You keep as much distance between you as possible.
If your doctor has to be near your face for more than 3 minutes, he or she will wear a mask and glasses.
Your doctor will stay at home if he or she has symptoms. So the chance that your doctor has coronavirus is very small.
What can I do myself when I have an appointment?
- Wash your hands with soap and water regularly. Also before and after your appointment.
- Keep your distance from your doctor and from others.
- Do not shake hands.
- Avoid touching anything.
- Call your doctor or hospital beforehand if you do develop symptoms that could be caused by coronavirus.
What happens during an urgent appointment or emergency?
If the doctor needs to see you urgently, he or she cannot ask you questions beforehand. Therefore, in urgent cases, you will be treated as if you have coronavirus. This means that the doctors and nurses will wear a mask, apron, gloves and glasses.
This information is based on the following guidelines for GPs:
- The ‘Guideline on Personal Protective Equipment in the Outpatient and Clinical Setting Due to SARS-CoV-2’ (Leidraad Persoonlijke bescherming in de (poli)klinische setting vanwege SARS-CoV-2) (in Dutch)
- The ‘Information on Coronavirus’ (Dossier Coronavirus) (in Dutch) of the Dutch College of General Practitioners