If you have an outpatient appointment, please go to the Outpatients reception desk where your details will be checked and you will be directed to the waiting area. You are welcome to bring a relative or friend with you on the day of your appointment - having someone with you when you see a member of staff can be helpful.
We will always do our best to make sure you are seen at the time booked for your appointment, however staff can be delayed or called away because of emergencies. Depending on the clinic and the reason for your appointment, you may have some tests such as checking your weight or blood pressure carried out. You might also have blood tests and have to wait for the results before the doctor or healthcare professional sees you. How long your visit lasts will depend on your treatment. Some tests, such as an x-ray, could mean visiting another department.
You and your peace of mind are important to us so think carefully about what you want to tell the doctor or any other healthcare professional you are seeing. Before Coming to Hospital for an Outpatient Appointment:
- You might find it helpful to write your thoughts down on paper and bring your notes with you
- You may also find it helpful to bring someone with you to take notes or to help you remember what you want to say
- If you have any additional support needs (help organising transport, mobility, hearing impairment or need support to talk to the healthcare team), please let the administrative staff know when they book your appointment and we will make sure that they are taken into account when we organise your appointment or admission to hospital