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

Before your appointment

You are welcome to bring a relative, close friend or carer with you to your appointment. You are also welcome to ask for a chaperone and we will endeavour to provide one for you.

Please remember to check your appointment letter for anything specific you have been asked to take with you. In addition, it would be helpful if you could bring the following:

  • Your full address and telephone number(s)
  • Your appointment card and appointment letter
  • Your GP’s name and address
  • A list of questions you may want to ask your consultant

During your appointment

It is likely that you will have been referred to this service by another consultant team (most frequently from general surgery) to find out if surgery is a suitable option. At your first appointment it will be important for your consultant to understand what previous surgery you have had and we will also make an assessment of your general health status.

The consultant will be able to advise if further investigations are required and provide you with information about the likely treatment options and the risks and benefits of each choice.

After your appointment

Your doctor will inform you of any further investigations or follow-ups required.