This section will tell you everything you need to know about your first Outpatient visit to one of our hospitals. Please go to the following links for information on:
The Outpatient Department includes a number of clinics which are held across our three hospitals – Dewsbury and District Hospital, Pinderfields Hospital and Pontefract Hospital.
It is important that you attend your Outpatient appointment(s), for your own health as well as that of other patients. Patients who do not attend (DNA) Outpatient appointments across our hospitals have a direct and potentially serious impact on the length of time that other patients have to wait for their care. Your missed appointment could have been given to another patient.
Failure to attend your appointment without informing us may result in you being returned to the care of your GP. Another appointment will not be offered automatically. Changing your appointment on multiple occasions may result in you being returned to the care of your GP to ensure the safe management of your condition.
For some appointments we use a combination of text and automated voice reminders which will contact you seven days before your appointment to remind you of the hospital, date and time you should attend. You will be able to confirm attendance or whether you would like to cancel or rearrange your appointment. Ensure that your contact details are correct to take full advantage of the service.
You should have received a letter with an appointment date and details of where to go when you arrive at the hospital. Please remember to check which hospital you should attend.
Please read your appointment information carefully, as it may ask you to bring certain items with you (such as a urine sample, your spectacles or any questionnaires you have been asked to fill in prior to your appointment,depending on the type of clinic or appointment). Remember to bring with you your appointment letter, information and any medication you are taking.
Car parking facilities are available, but as spaces cannot be guaranteed please allow plenty of time to park. You will need change for the car parking machines. Please click here for more information on car park charges. There are designated parking spaces for disabled permit holders. If you are being brought by car and are unable to walk from the car park there are drop-off points outside the entrances.
You are expected to make your own way to the hospital wherever possible. Only if your medical condition stops you making your own travel arrangements, please contact your GP, who will arrange for transport to your first Outpatient appointment.
Patients on a low income or those who are dependents of those on benefits may claim a refund for travelling to hospital for treatment but not for visiting patients. Please contact your local Benefits Agency for further advice. Any refunds should be claimed at the hospital’s General Office by calling 0844 811 8110 (01924 541000).
Automated check-in is available at Pinderfields Hospital and Pontefract Hospital and manned receptions are at all three of our hospitals. You should arrive as close to your appointment time as possible, unless instructed otherwise on your appointment letter. Early arrival does not mean you will be seen early. If you arrive late you may have to wait until the end of the clinic to be seen. You should expect to be seen within 30 minutes of your appointment time. Up-to-date information about clinic delays will be displayed in the waiting area. If you have waited 30 minutes without an explanation, please contact reception.
It may not be possible to make a diagnosis at your first appointment, as further tests may be required before this can be done. The Doctor or other medical professional will discuss this with you and you may be provided with written information.
If you need to change your appointment, you should telephone the number on your appointment letter or click here to change it online.
Sometimes, the hospital may advise you that it is important your GP and Consultant know that your care is being delayed, so we may refer you back to your GP and not offer you a further appointment – this is to ensure and maintain the safe management of your condition.
If you need to change the date of your appointment, please give as much notice as possible to allow us to offer the cancelled appointment to someone else.
If you need another appointment within six weeks, you will be asked to agree it at reception. If it is for after six weeks’ time, we will write to you with details of your appointment.
There are refreshment facilities available at all our hospitals.
Toilets, including facilities for wheelchair users, are available in most Outpatient departments.
If you are bringing children with you to your appointment, we suggest you bring something to occupy them while you wait. Children remain your responsibility so please don’t leave them unattended. We have facilities for feeding/changing infants. Please speak to a member of staff for more information.
Most clinics are mixed sex and care is taken to maintain privacy and dignity in our clinics. If you have any special requirements, please speak to a Nurse when you arrive.
Staff wear identity badges with our Trust logo. If you cannot see their badge please ask. You may be seen by any member of the specialty team.
The Trust plays an important role in training healthcare and medical staff. Patients may be asked to take part in this training process. If you would prefer not to take part, you have the right to refuse without your care being affected.
A named Nurse will be responsible for your care whilst you are in the Outpatient clinic. If you are unsure of any aspect of your care, please speak to a member of the nursing team.
Please bring a note of your medication, including the name and dosage of the medicine(s) you take, as well as any questions you want to ask, to all your Outpatient appointments.