What happens when you leave hospital?
Driving: You must not drive for 24 hours following your procedure. You will need to arrange for someone to collect you from hospital as you will not be able to drive home.
Bleeding: If you experience any bleeding from your groin, press on the puncture site firmly and lie down. If bleeding continues for longer than 10 minutes, contact your GP urgently, whilst keeping firm pressure on your groin.
Pain: If you have pain /discomfort which is not relieved by your normal painkillers, please contact your GP.
Eating/Drinking: You may resume your normal diet, but avoid alcohol for the first 24 hours.
Bathing: Providing you are not experiencing any problems with your puncture site, you may bathe or shower as usual.
Exercise: Take things easy for the next 24 hours and refrain from strenuous exercise. For example do not lift children, vacuum carpets or carry heavy shopping.
Returning to work: Returning to work depends on your occupation. You will need to rest at home on the day following your investigation. However, if you have a heavy manual job, please seek advice from your doctor before returning to work.
How do I get my results?
The images will be examined by the radiologist once the test is finished. A report will be sent to the specialist who referred you for this test. Further details of how results are obtained will be given to you at the hospital.
If you have any questions concerning this test please ring the Neuroradiology Department:
Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm
Telephone: (0191) 256 3347
If you have any problems after your angiogram, outside of normal working hours, please contact your GP, or your local Accident & Emergency Department.
In an emergency you can contact the Senior Nurse in Charge for Neurosciences at the Newcastle General Hospital via the switchboard on:
Telephone: (0191) 233 6161