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

Before your appointment

If you have been referred to the service by your GP please bring any previous scans that you might have in your possession with you to your appointment. Please also 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
  • Money to pay for any prescriptions, or an exemption card
  • A list of questions you may want to ask your consultant

During your appointment

If you are referred by your GP following an injury you will be seen and assessed by a team including an orthopaedic surgeon, a plastic surgeon, and often a physiotherapist.

Your assessment will involve taking a detailed history of your problem and an examination of the affected limb. You may be required to go for x-rays and often other scans such as CT or MRI. If you require these specialist scans they will be arranged for another day and a follow up appointment will be made to discuss the findings.

After your appointment

If you have scans, a follow-up appointment will be made to discuss the findings of these scans and to plan your treatment.