- Most patients are referred to Consultant’s run Outpatients clinics by their General Practitioner (Family Doctor).
- Inpatients on discharge may be referred from an in-house consultant – that is Consultant’s in this Hospital or in another Hospital.
- Consultants in another hospital may arrange an appointment by sending a referral letter to the relevant consultant.
- All referral letters are shown to the consultant and the appointment request is prioritised based on the clinical need and placed on a waiting list urgent, soon, routine.
- The patient is informed in writing of the date and time of their clinic appointment.
What do I need to bring with me
- Appointment letter.
- A list of the current tablets you are taking.
- Bring any available x-rays with you on attending injury clinic.
- A list of questions you may wish to ask the doctor.
- Some money for refreshments or for car parking a magazine or a book.
Should you have any additional requirement / needs please contact the relevant outpatients clinic prior to your visit so those needs can be arranged.
When you arrive in the outpatients department:
- Check in at appropriate reception desk
- Patients are checked in and seen as close to their appointment time as possible but may experience delays at some clinics .
- If a patient needs to be accompanied please ensure that just one relative or friend accompanies you as there is a limited space in the waiting areas.
- The Mid-Western Regional Hospital is a teaching hospital and you may be asked if a medical / nursing student may be present during your consultation, if you have any objections please do not hesitate to inform the clinic staff. This will not affect your care in any way.
- Should you be unsure of anything whilst in the department please ask the staff who will be happy to help.