When you come into a Spire hospital, you may be treated as:
Sometimes you’ll need to have a pre-assessment appointment before your treatment, at a time convenient for you. Depending on your situation, it can sometimes take place over the phone or on the same day as your treatment.
During this assessment, we’ll:
We’ll let you know exactly what will happen in your pre-operative assessment during your initial consultations. You’ll receive an information pack telling you everything you need to know and you can call us any time if you still have questions.
As an outpatient, you’ll be here for a consultation, test or scan and won’t need to stay overnight. This will often be to see a consultant after a GP referral. We offer a range of outpatient services with consultants who are experts in a wide variety of specialties.
For your appointment, it’s a good idea to bring:
If you’re here for a consultation, your appointment will take place in one of our consulting rooms. Your consultant will discuss your medical history and tests or scans you’ve had before. Or, if you don’t yet have a diagnosis, they might recommend tests and scans to help them assess your condition. If so, your consultant will explain:
Once you’ve had any necessary tests and scans, your consultant will:
What happens next?
After you’ve been diagnosed, your consultant will:
If your treatment involves an operation as an inpatient, you’ll be given advice about preparing for surgery and an information pack to take home with you.
If you’re a day case or day patient, it means you won’t need to stay overnight but you may be given your own bed or private room for the day. You’ll be coming in for a test or scan, or a minor procedure.
What to bring
You won’t need to pack an overnight bag, but it’s a good idea to bring:
After your appointment, you may need to rest for a while before going home. If so, you’ll be able to relax in a recovery room and your consultant or nurse will let you know when you can go home.
Before you leave, depending on your circumstances we may give you advice about:
They may also arrange a follow-up appointment with you at a later date, to check on your progress and if any further treatment, tests or scans are needed.
As an inpatient, you’ll be admitted into a Spire hospital and will be staying at least one night.
We’ll let you know beforehand if there’s anything we suggest you do to prepare for your treatment. For example, we may recommend doing certain exercises or follow a special diet to help with your recovery afterwards.
For operations performed under general anaesthetic (where you’re asleep) you usually won’t be able to eat or drink anything beforehand. The length of time this will be depends on you and your treatment but is usually around six to eight hours for food and two hours for drink.
This will all be explained to you during your initial consultations.
During your stay
When you come in for your procedure, you’ll have your own private ensuite room which will have a TV, WiFi and plenty of space for visitors.
You’ll need to bring an overnight bag. We recommend you pack:
Our award-winning food is freshly prepared every day. You can enjoy a daily menu from our professional chefs and we can also arrange meals for your visitors.
We believe that your friends and family are an important part of your recovery. Your visitors are welcome to visit you anytime during hospital opening hours.
We ensure you receive as much aftercare as you clinically need. Once your consultant is happy that you’re ready to leave hospital, we’ll make sure you have everything needed to make the best possible recovery while at home. We’ll discuss your personal recovery plan and provide you with advice about:
If you have any questions once you’re home, your healthcare team is available to call should you need them. Some treatments include physiotherapy or follow-up appointments to check that you’re recovering as expected.