I am writing this sentence

Patients need to have consultation with doctors.

is it correct to say consultation with doctors or it would be better to say

Patients need to consult an appointment with doctors

  • Could you explain more about what meaning you're trying to convey? What is Patients need to have consultation with doctors meant to mean? The patients need to book appointments before doing something else? That if you are unwell you need to visit a doctor? Another meaning? Apr 16, 2015 at 11:30
  • I would say: to make an appointment with doctors or to consult doctors. To have a consultation with doctor is also correct.
    – user11312
    Apr 16, 2015 at 11:33
  • @starsplusplus i am trying to say that patients need to be with doctors. in other words, they need the doctors to help them and fix their bodies Apr 16, 2015 at 11:36
  • Do you mean that ill people need to see doctors in order to get help? If you are a patient you are already receiving or waiting to receive medical treatment. Apr 16, 2015 at 11:38

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You can say:

Patients need to have consultations with doctors.

In this example, consultations is used as a noun.

Patients need to consult an appointment with doctors.

is incorrect because you can't consult (discuss information or advice) with an appointment, which is the object in this sentence. You would have to reorder it a bit:

Patients need an appointment to consult with doctors.


The first sentence sounds correct. Word consultation is regularly used for this purpose.

To consult means:

to ask for information or advice from someone because it is their job to know something


to discuss something with someone so that you can make a decision together


to look for information in a book, map, list etc.

(Ref. LDOCE)

So, you can't really consult an appointment. The 2nd sentence would have to be rephrased to be correct. With the word appointment you can use: make, set, have etc. (have fits your example best, I think).


The first sentence is fine. You may be able to shorten it slightly, since "have a consultation with" is synonymous with "consult", you could say "Patients need to consult a doctor".

Singular "a doctor" probably works better here, but it depends on context, and consider whether "need" or "should" is more appropriate.

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