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Questions to ask about pneumonia

These questions may help you when you are talking about your pneumonia and your treatment with your doctor or nurse.

Finding out what's wrong (diagnosis)

  • Can you tell me more about the tests or investigations you've offered me?

  • What do these tests involve?

  • Where will these be carried out? Will I need to have them in hospital?

  • How long will it take to get the results of these tests?

About your condition

  • Can you tell me more about pneumonia?

  • Is pneumonia infectious and if so what can I do to stop other people catching it from me? Can I go to work or carry on with my usual activities?

  • Are there any support organisations in my local area?

  • Can you provide any information for my family or carers?


  • Can you tell me why you have decided to offer me this particular type of antibiotic?

  • What are the pros and cons of this treatment?

  • How long will I have to take it?

  • How will it help me? What sort of improvements might I expect?

  • How long will it take for me to feel better?

  • Will these antibiotics cause any side effects?

  • Are there any other treatments that I could have?

  • Is there some other information about my treatment that I can have (like a leaflet, DVD or a website I can go to)?

For family members, friends or carers

  • What can I/we do to help and support the person with pneumonia?

  • Do I need to take any precautions to avoid catching pneumonia from my family member or friend?

  • Is there any additional support that I/we as carer(s) might benefit from or be entitled to?

Following up on your treatment

  • When should I start to feel better and what should I do if I don't start to feel better by then?

  • Are there different treatments that I could try?

  • If I've finished my course of antibiotics and don't feel better should I take them for longer?

  • Am I likely to get pneumonia again?

  • Can anything be done to stop it coming back?

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