The new patient assessment is a medical/psycho-social assessment to help us know more about you. You may be referred to our psychologist at this point depending on the outcome of the assessment. It is not uncommon to be referred to psychology so don't be disheartened or upset. There may be some things that need to be dealt with prior to surgery that the surgery itself cannot fix.
During MDT meetings Consultants, Specialist Nurses and Dieticians discuss each patient individually. In some cases, we might request more information from your GP or other healthcare professional regarding previous surgery or any tests you have had. This will allow us to decide the suitability and safest type of surgery most appropriate to you.
The next time you will see the nurses is when you are admitted to hospital to have your surgery. This is an opportunity to answer any questions you may still have and to provide you with contact details for the bariatric team and nurse led support group.
This is carried out usually within 7 days of your discharge from hospital. It provides an opportunity to check you are OK, provide post op advice and for you to ask questions you may have. While in hospital it is important to make sure you give ward staff your most up to date telephone numbers. N.B calls will appear on your phone as 'withheld number' - please answer as it is only us.
This clinic is held twice per week and can be used for anything from checking to see if you have met your weight loss target, to health promotion advice and motivation and even problems or concerns following your operation - simply call and make your appointment.
This support group was established in April 2013 and allows us to bring some professionalism and guest speakers to an exciting group. Feel free to come along and share your experiences, ask other members advice, tips or just listen. This service is for you and if you have any suggestions or ideas then let us know and we will try to arrange it.
The specialist nurses are always available to support you with the above so if you do have a problem or need advice please doesn't hesitate to contact them.
Bariatric Specialist Nurses Arun Sekhar and Lisa Wilde (0191 5656256 extension 42570/42708)