The Outpatient Department sees over 500,000 patients every year and offers services in a range of clinical areas. The department takes a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care with a team of staff including doctors, nurses, clinical nurse specialists, respiratory and cardiology technicians, administration staff and many more, contributing to a holistic approach to health.
What to bring with you?
Please bring with you your appointment letter and any medication that you are currently taking or using. If you are unable to bring all your medication please bring a copy of your repeat prescription so the clinicians treating you can make sure you receive the most appropriate care.
Booking in at reception
On arrival to the department you will need to check in at reception. If you have your appointment letter with you, you can hand it in at the reception desk. You will be asked to confirm your GP and personal details including next of kin, address and telephone number.
The consultant caring for you has a team of doctors and other health care professionals working alongside them and therefore you may not see the consultant named in your letter. Some appointments are brief; however, others can include tests and investigations. Please allow up to three hours for your appointment.
Questions you may wish to ask at your appointment
It is a good idea to write a list of any questions you need to ask the doctor or nurse so you can bring it with you to your appointment. The member of staff caring for you will be happy to answer any questions you have about your treatment.
Examples of some questions you may wish to ask are:
- Are there any other ways to treat my condition?
- Are there any risks or side affects related to the treatment or medication?
- If my symptoms improve, should I cancel my next appointment?
- What should I do if my symptoms worsen?