What to expect

If your condition is still causing you concern then your GP may refer you for an Orthopaedic Consultant opinion. This appointment will be made via the standard NHS Choose and Book appointment system used by your practice.

During your consultation your Consultant will understand that this may be an anxious time for you and will answer your questions and tell you all about your diagnosis and any treatment or procedure required, so you can feel reassured and in control throughout.

If you require a procedure your Consultant will discuss the type of procedure, the risks involved and your health benefits.

The procedure may be delivered at your local community NHS Hospital (Victoria Hospital, Wimborne and Blandford Hospital, Blandford).  Hip operations and Knee replacement operations may be provided at Nuffield Hospital, Hampshire.

If you require diagnostics such as an X-ray, ultrasound or MRI or changes to your medication then this will be discussed with you and arranged via your GP.

A date for your procedure and a follow up appointment will be arranged with your agreement.  

Your Consultant will also inform your GP of the treatment being provided.