What to expect
Each stage of your treatment and expected recovery will be explained.
We want to make coming to hospital as easy as possible for you by telling you what to expect.
After your GP has referred you to us, you will normally have a short initial appointment where a specialist will discuss your condition with you and arrange any diagnostic tests that may be necessary, such as blood tests or X-rays.
Once a diagnosis has been made, you can talk about your treatment plan with your consultant. You might need further consultations, or you may be referred back to your GP for ongoing care and management of your condition.
If you need to come into hospital for surgery, we'll make all the arrangements for you. Every stage of your treatment and recovery plan will be discussed with you to make sure you feel fully prepared.
If you require surgery
When you come into hospital, a receptionist will welcome you and arrange for you to be shown to your room or day-care suite. You will meet with your specialist and anaesthetist, if appropriate, who will be happy to answer any questions.
Each stage of your treatment and expected recovery will be explained and, if you're anxious about anything at all, your nurse be on hand to offer advice and support.
After your operation
Once you've had your operation, you'll return to your room or bed in our day-care suite to rest in peace and comfort. When you're ready to leave hospital you will receive a copy of your treatment and recovery plan with full details of any follow-up care and medication you may need, plus a contact number if you have any concerns once you are home. It's a good idea to take your copy with you if you need to see your GP soon after your procedure.
We will also keep your GP informed about your treatment and recovery plan and progress. Our report will be added to your medical records and kept by your GP.