Will I be able to ask questions?
Yes, we will endeavor to answer any questions you may have. Some common questions asked are:
- What is the diagnosis? Is there a name for the condition?
- What is the chance of inheriting this condition / passing it on to my children?
- Is there a blood test available?
- Is there a test available in pregnancy?
Will I have blood taken at this appointment?
There is a possibility we will ask permission to take blood samples. Some tests, if necessary, will be arranged at further appointments.
Will I be asked to be involved in teaching?
As a major teaching hospital the training of nurses, doctors and other health professionals is an important part of our work.
During your visit you may be asked if you are willing to contribute to student training, this may involve students being present during your consultation or treatments. All students are supervised by senior members of staff. However, there is no obligation for you to participate if you would prefer not to. If you decline then this will in no way affect your treatment.
Will I be asked to be involved in research?
Research into new treatments and better ways of providing healthcare is also another important component of our work.
You may be asked if you would agree to participate in a research project during your visit. However, you are under no obligation to take part and you have the right to decline or to withdraw from the research at any time even if you do initially agree.
How long will my appointment take?
Your appointment will usually last between 30 minutes and one hour.