All patients attending the department for fluoroscopic examinations will have an appointment booked for them and an appointment letter sent to them through the post. The appointment letter will also include a copy of the Fluoroscopy information leaflet specific to the type of exam they’re having. This leaflet can also be found at the bottom of the page or in the PILS link from the front page.
Where is Fluoroscopy?
Fluoroscopy is located in Radiology on level B of the hospital. You will be required to book in at front reception (although if your scan is after 17:00 or at the weekend, there will be signage for you to follow).
You will then be directed to the waiting area where either a volunteer will see you, or a radiographer will come out to you. You are invited to take a seat whilst you wait.
How long will it take?
Each different examination takes a differing length of time, the information leaflet will give you an approximate time for your particular test but we are also controlled by the speed of your own body. Although we endeavour to adhere to the appointment times, please be aware that we are sometimes taken unawares, for example a patient may have very poor mobility and may take longer than their allotted time slot or the examination may be more complicated than expected. In addition occasionally we have to prioritise an emergency in-patient. Often if this is the case it is difficult for us to leave the examination to come and apologise to you but we do know you are waiting, however, in the majority of cases your appointment will be on time.
Who will perform the exam?
Your exam will be most often be performed by a radiologist with a radiographer present. As we are teaching hospital, there may be some students in attendance.
Other exams maybe carried out by different health care professionals.
After your exam
If you had to stop eating or drinking prior to your examination, normal eating and drinking can be resumed as soon as it has finished, if you had a barium drink for your test you may have to increase your fluid consumption for a couple of days to prevent constipation. The majority of examinations should have no adverse side effects.
How will I get my results?
Your exam will be reported by a radiologist and the report will be sent back to the doctor who referred you for the scan for your next outpatient appointment. They will not usually be sent back to your own GP.
For appointment enquiries please contact:
01483 571122 ext. 2050