Your outpatient appointment
Outpatient waiting times
We aim to keep waiting times as short as possible however there are times where delays occur. Your consultant and care team try to give enough time to each patient to fully examine, explain and discuss treatment options.
You don’t have to stay in the outpatients department while you wait. If you would like to stretch your legs or get a hot drink in our cafe, simply take one of our buzzers with you and we’ll buzz you when you’re due for your appointment.
Cancelling your appointment
If you are unable to attend your appointment or would like to change it please let us know as early as possible. This will allow us to reschedule your appointment and offer your cancelled appointment slot to someone else. If you do not inform us you cannot attend, your referral may be returned to your GP which will mean a longer wait for you.
The Pre-operative Assessment Clinic
If you and your consultant decide that surgery is the right option, you may be asked to attend the Rapid Clinic. The Rapid Clinic is the first step in checking that you are healthy and suitable for your surgery. A blood sample and swabs will be taken and you will complete a questionnaire. Provided you meet the requirements we will aim to give you a date for your surgery within three months.
If you and your consultant decide that surgery is the right option, but you are not asked to go to the Rapid Clinic, you will attend a Pre-operative Assessment appointment at a later date.