If you have a concern or enquiry about your health or someone else’s, whether it is physical or mental health, you should tell an adult you trust.
For example you could talk to your parents, carers, school nurse or teacher, social worker or your doctor.
If you do decide to talk to your doctor or are coming to Alder Hey as a patient and you have some questions, here are some helpful hints.
Before you go:
It is important that you understand what the doctor has said to you. Before you leave the appointment, make sure you know what they think may be wrong with you and what will happen next.
If you don’t fully understand what has been discussed...
You could say:
Then repeat what you have been told.
You could ask:
It is important you understand what you have been told.
Lots of people look on the internet and it can be a useful source of information. Please remember anyone can post information on the internet so you do not always know if it is reliable. There is lots of reliable information about health conditions and treatments on the NHS website.
Before you start searching the internet...
You can find information by using a search engine. Remember though that the sites shown on your search results page are not necessarily ordered by how reliable the information on them is. A good place to start is by searching on the NHS website for conditions and treatments.
When searching for information, try to be clear about the information you are looking for. You can use quotation marks to search for words linked together to receive more specific results. For example, “bronchitis in children and hospital”.
Some things to look out for when checking out a website...
At Alder Hey, children and young people remain at the heart of everything we do. If you would like to get more involved, you can become a member of our Children and Young People’s Forum.
Alder Hey Children's Charity