Find out what to expect when you come to hospital for your appointment.

Patient information

Before your appointment

New outpatient appointments tend to be within four to eight weeks of referral. You are welcome to bring a relative, close friend or carer with you to your appointment.

A chaperone is available for all intimate examinations in line with our Trust’s policy. If you request that a family member or friend be present during an intimate examination, the clinician may still request that a member of staff acts as chaperone.

We suggest that you wear comfortable clothing that is easy to remove, as you will likely have a clinical examination during your appointment. We suggest you bring any medications you are taking or a list of these medications to your appointment, as well as anything else specified in your appointment letter.

During your appointment

Please note that we are a teaching hospital, so medical students may be present for some appointments. If you do not wish to have them in the room please let the nurse or doctor know and the students will be asked to step outside.

Appointment times may vary depending upon individual needs and conditions but on average, we allocate 20 minutes for each new appointment. You will be seen by a trained clinician – either a doctor in training, a consultant or a clinical nurse specialist. A consultation will take place, followed by an examination and a procedure, if required. We will explain all steps to you in detail and if we anticipate that you may need a procedure, we will send you some additional information in advance of your appointment.

After your appointment

After you attend the clinic, you and your GP will each receive a copy of the clinic letter summarising your visit. If any further investigations are required, we will explain these to you in writing or by phone. Follow-up appointments will be arranged as required.

Patient information leaflets