Typical Patient Journey
Every patient is unique, so every journey is unique. There is however a general path that most patients follow, at least for the initial steps. We’ve listed and described them here so you have a good idea of what to expect, and how to prepare.
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1. Pre Visit
Before you leave home, there a few things you should note:
- There is parking available in front of the main building at UPMC/Whitfield Hospital. The first 20 minutes are free of charge. There is a flat rate of €4 per day.
- If you go to the main reception at the front entrance, you will be directed to Suite 1.
- Wear loose clothing or a pair of shorts – to facilitate your clinical examination.
- Bring any previous x-rays – reports, images etc.
- Bring a list of any medication that you are taking so we can verify the name and dosage.
- Bring your health insurance details – Irish Life Health, Laya, VHI etc.
- Payment is due on the day and can be made by cash, debit card, credit card or cheque. The fee is €200 for the first consultation, €100 for a follow-up consultation and €60 for an initial post-operative review for suture removal and dressing.
- The following is a registration sheet that we ask you to fill out. You can do so when you arrive, or better still, you can do so in advance and email it to email@example.com
2. Initial Consultation
- A full history of your condition/problem is taken so I can understand the background to the complaint.
- A thorough clinical examination is performed so we get a complete picture of the issue at hand.
3. X Ray Investigation
Most patients will require x-rays at the initial consultation. These are performed on-site at UPMC/Whitfield. Payment for these x-rays will be taken in the x-ray department. You can expect to pay between €85 and €140. If a CT or MR scan is required, you may have to return another day, as they usually cannot be performed the same day.
4. Further Consultation with X Rays
Following your x-ray, I will ask you to return to my clinic where we can view your images together and further discuss your treatment options. The non-operative and operative options will be discussed.
If surgery is required, we will co-sign the Surgical Consent Form. The practice secretary will book a date for surgery that suits you. You may be referred to the Pre-Assessment Unit for medical/anaesthetic evaluation. If you need a joint replacement, an appointment will be arranged for you to visit the Joint School for further advice and education.