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'Joining A Waiting List'

The procedure is as follows:

1 Your GP writes to the consultant, asking for an appointment and giving details of your condition which the consultant will use to classify you as routine, 'soonest' or urgent.

2 The consultant then writes to you with an appointment date for this outpatient clinic.

3 You attend the consultant's outpatient clinic and the consultant decides whether admission to hospital is necessary. You may not see the consultant at the clinic, but a registrar on his or her team.

4 If you do not need admission, you will be treated as an out-patient or referred back to your GP.

5 If you do need to go into hospital (perhaps for an operation) the consultant decides how urgent admission is, and puts you on his in-patient waiting list. Under the Patient's Charter this must be within 18 months.

6 After a further wait (depending on the urgency of the problem) you are admitted to hospital for treatment.

7 Following treatment you are discharged from hospital and cared for by your GP. There may be follow up appointments at the consultant's out-patient clinic.

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