During your outpatient appointment

Information about your outpatient appointment, including what to expect from your consultation and ways to remember important information.

Remembering important information

  • Your visit to the clinic is a good time to discuss things with your doctor. It can be hard to remember all the questions you want to ask and all the information the doctor gives you, but there are some things you can do to make it easier. 
  • Write down and prioritise the questions you want to ask and make a note of the answers. 
  • Consider bringing a relative or friend to help you remember the conversation later.
  • Request written information where it is available and repeat back what you think you have heard to check that the information is correct. You can also request copies of letters written about you.
  • If you haven't understood what has been said, please don't hesitate to ask your doctor or nurse again.

Your medical consultation

Before you see the doctor, a nurse may weigh you. Please tell the nurse if you think your weight has changed during recent months. The nurse may also ask you to change into a clean examination gown. If you are not sure how much clothing to remove, please ask the nurse.

The doctor that you see during your medical consultation will be in charge of your case. You will see him or her, or a member of his or her team, at each appointment. However you may not see the same doctor at each visit. If you wish to see a particular doctor please ask a member of staff.

After your examination

It is important to us that you feel involved in the decisions being made about your care and treatment. After your examination, the doctor or clinic nurse will be willing to answer any questions. Please ask if you haven't understood what has been said.

If you require a further appointment the doctor or nurse will inform you and direct you to the Outpatient reception to make the appointment. If this is not possible it will be sent to you by post.