At your appointment
Your doctor and clinical team are involved in any discussions or decisions about your treatment. You are entitled to a clear explanation of your condition and your treatment choices – including any risks and benefits there may be. So please ask if there is anything you are not sure about.
One stop clinics
Some specialities run ‘one stop clinics’. This will involve you attending an outpatient appointment but also undertaking some tests, x rays or screening and may involve seeing other specialists other than your doctor. The aim of these appointments is to provide the doctor with as much information as possible and to avoid you having to attend several appointments. These appointments will mean that you need to allow for more time at the hospital than a usual outpatient appointment.
Teaching and research
We are a teaching hospital, so we might ask your permission for student doctors or nurses to sit in during your consultation. You need not have students present if you are worried about it. You may also be asked to take part in a research project while you are a patient with us. We will always ask for your consent and you will be told fully what is involved.
Your care will not be affected in any way if you choose not to take part in teaching or research.