Your outpatient appointment

Once your outpatient appointment has been booked with us you should receive a letter with an appointment date and details about where to go when you arrive at one of our hospitals or community venues.

If you are uncertain about anything, please telephone the contact number on your letter.

Don’t forget to:

  • check the appointment details and contact us if you need to cancel or reschedule your outpatient appointment – if you don’t come to your outpatient appointment and don’t let us know, you may be discharged from our care back to your GP
  • call if you need an interpreter or signer and one wasn’t booked when you arranged your appointment
  • make sure we have your mobile number so we can text you reminders
  • call the number on your letter if you have any special needs, such as washing or praying facilities
  • call us if you develop diarrhoea and vomiting three days before your appointment.

Planning your journey

Remember to check which hospital or community venue you are due at before setting out.

Use public transport where possible as car parking at our hospitals can get busy and limited at times. See our hospital and community pages for more information on transport.

Give yourself plenty of time. Our hospitals are big and it can take a while to get to where you’re supposed to be. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to find your way to your appointment.

What should I bring?

Read your appointment letter very carefully as it may ask you to bring certain items with you, or ask you to visit another department for tests before your clinic appointment.

Please remember to bring:

  • your appointment letter, and any other information that we may have sent to you
  • your NHS number to help us match you to your health records. For more information on NHS numbers and how you can find out yours visit NHS Choices
  • medicines or inhalers that you are taking at the moment, including medicines you have brought yourself and any alternative medicines
  • a small amount of money in case you need to buy a drink or snack
  • information about any changes in your personal details, for example, if you have a new address or a new GP
  • proof of entitlement to free prescriptions, if appropriate
  • proof of entitlement to free travel or help with travel, if appropriate
  • any samples requested by your doctor or nurse.

To help you get the most out of your appointment, you could take a list of questions with you.

Allow time for your visit

We will try to see you at the time given on your appointment letter or card. However, we can’t guarantee how long your appointment will take, so please allow plenty of time.

If necessary, please make appropriate arrangements at home before you come to the hospital. For example, you may need to ask a friend or relative to collect your children from school.