Arranging An Outpatient Consultation Prior To Surgery

The Southampton Cardiac Surgery office is based at Spire Southampton Hospital and all four Cardiac Surgeons hold outpatient consultation clinics there.

Referrals will be accepted by any doctor however, it is preferable to receive a referral from a patient's Cardiologist or own GP if possible. Self referred patients will be accepted providing the appropriate clinical information is available.

If you have insurance, it is required that you notify your insurance company that you will be attending an outpatient consultation to ensure authorisation is provided.

Outpatient consultations are invoiced following the appointment.

What to expect

At your 30 minute outpatient consultation you will have the opportunity to discuss the proposed surgery with your surgeon including the risks involved and any of your own fears and concerns. Prior to seeing your cardiac surgeon, some routine outpatient investigations may need to be carried out so that the cardiac surgeon consults you with current, up to date clinical information (ie chest x-ray, breathing test, ECG) and a nurse may also consult with you to familarise you with what to expect on admission and to pre-assess you ready for surgery. MRSA screening and blood tests will also be undertaken at this time.

It is likely that a date for surgery will be organised at the time of your consultation or the surgeon may suggest that you contact his secretary once you have had time to think about a date that is convenient to you.

Once an admission date has been agreed, arrangements will be made and confirmation documentation will be sent from the secretary detailing all relevant information required by your insurance company. You will need to provide this to your insurance company. Your insurance company will confirm authorisation. This will need to be provided to the surgeon's secretary for the admission to be confirmed with the hospital.

If you are not insured, an invoice will be sent directly to you for the outpatient consultation. You may wish to have your procedure covered by a Fixed Price Package (FPP) and a quote will be provided includes all hospital fees, surgeons fees, anaesthetist fees and a postoperative consultation. Once you have accepted the quote, the admission booking will be made. Full payment for a FPP is requested on the day of admission by credit card or cash, if paying by cheque the hospital will request payment seven days prior to surgery, if time allows.

Contacts

Please do not hesitate to contact the cardiac surgery secretaries on (023) 8091 4481 or (023) 8091 4468 to arrange a consultation or for further information.

Cardiac Surgery Office, Spire Southampton Hospital, Chalybeate Close, Southampton, SO16 6UY.