Respiratory medicine patient information
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 likely have your lungs and heart examined and so should ideally wear loose comfortable clothing that can be removed or adjusted to allow the doctor to listen to your chest and heart.
If you have been referred with a productive cough, please ask your GP surgery for a sputum pot and bring a fresh sputum sample (i.e. phlegm coughed up on the day of your appointment) with you to your appointment.
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 your medications
- Money to pay for any prescriptions, or an exemption card
- A list of questions you may want to ask your consultant
During your appointment
Please go to the clinic location as outlined in your appointment letter. When you arrive please check in using a self-check in kiosk, which allows you to also update your contact details and GP details. Checking in at the kiosk also makes it easy to sign up to our online patient portal, the Care Information Exchange, which allows you to get test results, clinic letters, appointment times and more, on any mobile device.Alternatively, each clinic has a staffed reception desk.
We always try to stick to the appointment times, but some patients need longer consultations than others and many of our patients have complex respiratory illnesses or have other testing performed which can cause delays. If there are delays we will keep you informed.
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.
During your appointment you will be reviewed by a specialist respiratory doctor and further testing will be arranged if needed. Treatments such as medication will usually be recommended to your GP, rather than prescribed at the hospital.
You may have some tests carried out, including x-rays, more detailed scans of the chest, breathing tests and blood tests.
After your appointment
Depending on the condition, most patients will be seen in one of our clinics up to three times, allowing us to have a treatment plan under way that can be continued with their GP. If specialist follow-up is necessary, this will be carried out by an expert in their field.
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