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What is the deal with 'choose and book'? Hernia op

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PinkMilkIsMyFavouriteAndMyBest Tue 13-Nov-12 10:33:04

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CMOTDibbler Tue 13-Nov-12 10:37:11

Just choose the most convenient if you don't have any preferences on hospitals.

Any hernia surgery would be with a general surgeon - I guess they'll have a poke and then tell you they'll fix it if appropriate

MrsMangoBiscuit Tue 13-Nov-12 10:38:41

"General surgery" will be the department you are seeing, it's just how the trust classes it for funding, there will be lots of specialists within that bracket. If you really have no preference as to which hospital, I would phone each of them and check when their next available appointment is. Be very clear from the start that you only want to check availability, NOT book. Once one hospital tries to book, it blocks the others from trying, which is a bit of a pain.

Sorry you're feeling so stressed, I hope you're feeling better soon.

Pascha Tue 13-Nov-12 10:41:24

If the hospitals are all local and NHS then the surgeons involved will be the same regardless of which you choose. The appointment you book will only be the first assessment appointment with the surgeon or one of their minions. At that point they may decide to book you for surgery and you will end up wherever the surgery is done, that might be at only one or two of the hospitals on the list.

If I were you I would book the earliest convenient appointment at a clinic you can get to and not worry about more than that to start with.

PinkMilkIsMyFavouriteAndMyBest Tue 13-Nov-12 10:45:14

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