Common Questions

How can I get an appointment with a Spring Orthopaedic Consultant?

You can contact Spring directly or ask your GP to refer you.

How long will I have to wait for my first appointment?

This will vary but it shouldn’t be any longer than 3 or 4 days (as long as the consultant is not on leave or on call)

Are weekend/ evening appointments available?

Where possible, this will be accommodated.

Do I need to do anything in preparation for my first consultation?

Not really. Your consultant will ask questions and carry out any necessary examinations to ascertain the diagnosis from which he/she will be able to explain the next steps. Some people find it helpful to bring a list of questions to their consultation as it can be difficult to remember everything.

Can I bring my child with me to a clinic appointment?

Yes, the clinic is a child friendly environment.

Will I get an x-ray on the same day as seeing my consultant?

If you need an x-ray, you will see the consultant regarding the results straight after having the x-ray.

What are the differences between an outpatient, a day case and an inpatient?

An outpatient only requires a short consultation and does not stay overnight. A day case tends to be a longer procedure, but the patient should be able to go home on the same day. An inpatient will stay for one or more nights in hospital.

Can I choose the date of my surgery?

Yes, a date can be agreed that is convenient for you.

Does my consultant do surgery in NHS hospitals?

Yes, they do most of their elective NHS surgery at the Sussex Orthopaedic Centre in Haywards Heath and NHS clinics are at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

What are the options of paying for the treatment?

There are various methods; you may be able to claim treatment on your private medical insurance or you can pay for yourself.

Do I have to do anything differently before my surgery?

The hospital will ring you to discuss pre-operative instructions. But they usually include the following:

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the day before your surgery
  • If you are a smoker you should try to give up or reduce the amount you smoke before coming in
  • If you have a cold or any other illnesses please inform us immediately

What should I wear on the day of my surgery?

Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. Do not wear make-up, jewellery or contact lenses.

What items should I bring with me?

It is recommended that you bring nightclothes, any current medication and toiletries. (If you’re an inpatient)

What else can I bring to the hospital?

Items that will enhance your comfort, for example photographs of your family, books, magazines, your favourite music etc.

Will I have a private room?

Yes, all our rooms are private with en-suite bathrooms.