- 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 your distance and wash your hands before and after your appointment.
- If you have or might have coronavirus, the doctor will wear an apron, mask, gloves and glasses.
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 very 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?
You have coronavirus or there is a chance that you might have coronavirus. And your appointment with the GP or at the hospital cannot be postponed.
You will be told where to go. You might need to wait a little while. You might be given a mask to wear yourself.
Your doctor or nurse will wear a mask, apron, gloves and glasses. And sometimes a plastic face shield.
Your doctor will stay at home if he or she has symptoms. So the chance that your doctor has coronavirus is very small.
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