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

Patient information

Before your appointment

We aim to provide our patients with an appointment date within a week of receiving the referral form. You are welcome to bring a relative, close friend or carer with you to your appointment, but it may not be possible for that person to be present while the test is being performed. Your companion is welcome to wait in our designated waiting area.

Prior to your appointment, we will give you instructions about any special preparations that are required, as well as a leaflet that will help you understand what your specific test will show and what you can expect while the test is being performed. Be sure to bring your appointment letter, and if you are attending for an x-ray, please bring your original request form.

During your appointment

Please note that we are a teaching hospital, so medical students may be present for some appointments. If you are not comfortable with this, please let your radiographer know.

When you arrive, please check in at reception. You may be asked to complete a safety questionnaire. You will be asked to confirm your name, date of birth and address, and then you will be asked to change into a gown. You will then remain in the changing cubicle until you are called through to the x-ray/scanning area. The radiographer performing the scan or x-ray will ask you to position yourself in certain ways in order to obtain optimal imaging for review.

After your appointment

The results of all examinations are made available to the referring team as soon as our consultants have reviewed the imaging taken and issued a report. The referring team could include your GP or the clinical team looking after you at our Trust or external organisations.

Patient information leaflets