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.
- Consultation Fees:
- New Patient €200
- Follow up visit within 4 months of initial consultation €130
- Initial post-operative dressing clinic/Suture removal €80
- 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.
Learn more about the various conditions and treatments, how to prepare for surgery and what to expect