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At your outpatient visit, you will chat to the consultant who will look after you throughout your stay in hospital, and perform the procedure as well. Your consultant can help ease any worries you have. You may want to think about what you want to ask before your visit and jot it down on paper.

The Nuffield Health approach is always to be helpful, caring and friendly and we genuinely want you to feel able to ask any questions you have. We will never pressure you into having treatment and we are passionate that you get the best outcome for you. This could include coming in for a consultation and actually deciding that cosmetic surgery is not the best option for you.

We want to make sure that you are fully informed before deciding to go ahead with your cosmetic surgery. If you have a question, we’ll answer it. If certain medical terms aren’t clear, we’ll explain them. If you’d like to bring a friend for support when we talk, no problem.

Your appointment can take from 15 to 45 minutes, depending on your individual needs. We sometimes need to carry out further tests on the same day. Or we may ask you to come back another day. But we will always fully explain why we need to do any extra tests.

If you are on any prescribed medication, please bring the details along to your outpatient visit.

What are your thoughts?

  • How do you want cosmetic surgery to make you feel?
  • Will cosmetic surgery change your lifestyle?
  • What are your particular concerns?
  • Do you have questions that we can help you answer?
  • What do you want to achieve?
  • Is it solely your decision to want cosmetic surgery?

Arriving at the Wessex Hospital

We suggest you go to the main reception when you arrive at our hospital. The reception staff will then direct you to the outpatient area. It’s best to let a member of staff know you have arrived. We will need to check the forms you have brought with you, just to make sure we are up-to-date with all your details.

It’s normal to feel a bit anxious or unsure. We are here to help, support and care for you. If you have any concerns, do let us know and we will help you.

May we have your permission?

When a consultant, nurse or therapist asks you to agree to any form of examination or treatment, we understand that you always have a choice. It’s quite acceptable for you to say no or ask for more information. Your consent is most important. So, when having any operation, we ask you to sign a consent form to show that you agree to the procedure and fully understand what will happen.

You’ve decided - what’s next?

You can take as much time as you want to make a decision and in fact we advice that you think long and hard about all aspects of the procedure before agreeing to proceed. We appreciate there’s a lot to think about, and we won’t pressure you. If you think that cosmetic surgery is for you, we can discuss operation dates that may suit. We can also tell you more about coming into one of our hospitals. Finally we will advise you of all the costs and terms of your surgery.