This could include:
- Advice on how best to manage the patient’s symptoms.
- A letter to the referring GP with details of the consultation with advice on management, outlining details of any medication to be prescribed. A copy of this letter will also be sent to the patient.
- A possible referral to other services within the Trust, such as orthopaedics, neurology, rheumatology or physiotherapy. Some patients may require referrals outside the Trust which may include nerve conduction studies, or spinal cord stimulation at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital in London.
- If therapeutic or diagnostic injections are considered necessary, these will be undertaken at Crawley Day Surgery Unit. Most procedures are performed under x-ray guidance. Increasingly, ultrasound is also being used for optimum needle placement.