We offer Outpatient and Day Case orthopaedic services. Mr Robert Gleeson (knees and hips) and Mr John Grice (foot and ankle) are Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons. They provide orthopaedic outpatient clinics for us. Mr Amer Farooq is a staff grade and he supports Mr Gleeson in clinic. We also offer a GP led carpal tunnel service. This is provided by Dr Claire Rigby. Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust also provide orthopaedic clinics from our hospital. This enables them to see patients closer to home. You may have been booked into a clinic to see Mr Matthew Henderson, Mr William Mason or Mr Rathnam Sundaram. If your condition requires a Day Surgery procedure this can often be performed at Tetbury Hospital. All the surgeons listed above (with the exception of Mr Sundaram) deliver day case surgery from Tetbury Hospital.

Orthopaedic appointments

You are likely to have been referred by your GP. You will be offered an appointment within two weeks of the referral being received. You will be seen by the Consultant. A detailed history of your condition will be taken, so please bring any medication you are currently taking. If you require an interpreter please inform us prior to your appointment.

Preparing for your appointment

Please remember to bring any current medication you are taking to your appointment. Please also remember to check your appointment letter for anything specific you have been asked to take with you. In addition, it would be helpful if you could provide: •Your full address and telephone number(s) •Your appointment letter •Your GP’s name and address •Money to pay for any prescriptions, or an exemption card (We do not have a pharmacy on site) •A list of questions you may want to ask your consultant

Cancelling or rearranging your appointment

If you need to cancel or rearrange your appointment please let us know as soon as possible. You can speak to us by calling 01666 501778 between 9.30 am and 1pm Monday to Friday, outside of these hours a voice message can be left and we will get back to you, alternatively you may email the Tetbury Booking Office We do not manage the booking process for Mr Henderson's, Mr Mason's, Mr Holt's or Mr Sundaram's clinics, if you need to make changes to these appointments please refer to the telephone number on your appointment letter, this LINK to their website may also be helpful.

If you need an operation

Your consultant should have talked to you about the alternatives to surgery and why they believe this is the best option for you.

Your operation date

You will be placed on the waiting list. The Day surgery Unit Coordinator will contact you once all your investigations have been collated and a provisional date has been arranged. There should be at least a week's notice prior to admission. If there is a date or period of time that is inconvenient for you, please let us know.

What to do if your symptoms change

If your condition worsens, please see your GP or dial 111.

Pre-admission clinic

There are two types of pre-admission clinics. These are called first stage and second stage. These clinics aim to prepare you for your operation - both emotionally and physically. A first stage pre-operative assessment routinely happens on the day of your outpatient appointment, if you require a second stage pre-operative assessment an separate appointment will be made prior to your operation. All patients have a first stage pre-operative assessment, you will be given a questionnaire to complete and you may have some swabs taken. Some patients require a second stage pre-operative assessment, depending on where you will be having your surgery an appointment will be made either here at Tetbury hospital, The Winfield hospital, The Nuffield hospital or at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, you will meet members of the Day Surgery Team and have some important tests. Members of the team will also talk to you about things to plan beforehand, such as how much time off work you will need, your recovery and how to get home after your surgery.

Your surgery

We will explain to you what will happen during your operation and recovery. The surgeon will also talk through the possible complications with you again. It is important you understand the treatment you are agreeing to, so please ask questions if you are unsure.